1. Numbers & Counting
a) How long is the caterpillar?
In this activity, children use manipulatives to learn counting in an interesting way. They learn to count and recognize numbers by placing pompoms over circles with numbers printed inside.
b) Ice Cream Counting
Children put colourful ice cream scoops on the cone when they add the numbers from the die they roll. This activity helps children learn to add and even subtract in a fun way.
c) Blooming Flowers
In Blooming Flowers, children create play dough flower petals to complete addition and subtraction problems. Like other activities that use manipulatives for math, children are active in creating something they can touch to model the math problems. Using play dough also encourages fine motor skills.
d) Christmas Counting
Using felt squares with numbers or number words printed on them, children put the corresponding number of stars on the Christmas wreath. This encourages reading of number words and counting. You can also use it to help children learn to add and subtract using the number squares.
e) Caterpillar Counting
Children can put the right number of sections on a caterpillar’s body using plastic lids with numbers and the corresponding number of dots on the inside of each lid. This encourages counting and fine motor skills, as well as number recognition.
For the Preschoolers 3-5 years old, we categorise into different skills.
1. Numbers and Counting
a) Maths Fun
Children use sliders to create addition and subtraction problems on the backdrop of a scene of Changi Airport. Pictures of airplanes serve as manipulatives to assist children in counting. Children also learn number recognition and about adding and subtracting.
b) What Time Is It?
Using everyday activities on cards, children can decide what time those activities take place and then move the clock hands to match that time. Children learn to tell time through interactive play that reflects daily activities. This activity also encourages digital clock reading.
With these multiplication cards, children learn the operation through self-correcting problems and answer puzzle pieces. The visuals on the cards help them understand the problems. Children can learn independently in this activity.
d) Numbers Play
In Numbers Play, children will learn how to count and write numbers in a variety of ways. They are all very hands-on activities that provide visual support so that children can learn the concept of a number, how to spell it, how to read it, and how to write the number, all using colourful manipulatives.
e) Number Plant
This activity encourages development of the concept of numbers, numeral recognition, and identification of corresponding number words. The manipulatives are bright and fun to use, making it engaging for children to use.
f) Dinosaur Number Bond
Dinosaur Number Bond helps children learn fact families with the help of interesting and colourful manipulatives that help them learn number bonds, and thus their math facts.
Edited By: Preschool Resources
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