If your preschooler is bored with math drills, memorization and worksheets, it’s probably time for some math games! This preschool math game can easily – and inexpensively – be made at home so your child can enjoy learning the basic skills they need to succeed in math. And, as all parents and teachers know, when an exciting, hands-on approach to teaching is used (games, for example!), kids are more likely to enjoy what they are learning and have an easier time understanding the concepts being taught.
Muffin Tin Math
Muffin Tin Math is a great way to teach your preschooler several basic math skills including number recognition, counting and one-to-one correspondence. This preschool math game can easily be adapted for different skill levels. It can also be used to teach concepts such as addition and subtraction, more than/less (for example, does muffin tin number 5 have more or less beans than number 7?), putting like objects together, color matching (instead of numbers on the liners, draw a red circle on one, an orange circle on another and use jelly beans to match the colors) and even money. Get creative!
- A muffin tin
- Muffin liners
- Buttons, dried beans, coins, or other small materials to use as counters
- Use the marker to write a number on each muffin liner using the numbers 1 through 10 (or higher for more of a challenge)
- Place the numbered muffin liners in the muffin tin.
Instructions for Play:
Give your child an assortment of dried beans, buttons or other small objects and have him or her put the appropriate number into each muffin tin. Once filled, be sure to have her check her work by dumping out the objects and counting.
*Tips for Learning
As your child’s counting skills improve, replace the liners with liners that have higher numbers. For example, if you started off using numbers 1 through 6, change the liners to now read 7 through 12, then 13 through 19, and so on. Make sure to work on specific skills such as number awareness by asking your child tell you what each number is, and by asking her what the number is that you are pointing to. You can also work on concepts such as one-to-one correspondence by asking her to: “count out 3 buttons” or “add one more button to make 12.″
Ready to try this preschool math game at home? Give it a go!
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