Preschool Counting Game

Preschool Counting Game

Inside: Simple and fun preschool adding game. No worksheets. 

I get it. Your preschooler wants to start adding and combining numbers. 

"Moooom, what is 3 pluses and 3 pluses?"

"Oh, you mean what is 3 plus 3?"

"Yeh, what is that? How many do you get?"

Lets back up.

Remember when we talked about "groups of" objects? We even have an Alphabet Activity Card dedicated to understanding groups of alike objects.

Well, now that your preschooler has the foundation and understands quantity, they can begin to add the groups together and see the total. - Literally.

You want your preschooler to actually touch, feel and move each object to calculate the total amount. 

fun adding game for preschoolers

Here's What's Important

Numbers need to be touched.

In fact, I recently read an article on why it is so important to use your fingers to count. 

This article really stuck with me. As a previous Kindergarten teacher, I know the importance of being able to automatically recognize a group of objects. An example would be how you see a group of 5 on dice. Your mind automatically recognizes the total amount. 

Yet, I also know that by Kindergarten, children will be asked to:

Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones. (Kindergarten Common Core Standard CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.NBT.A.1)

What this means is that Kindergarteners will be asked to SHOW how they get an answer. 

You can start now with this simple and fun preschool adding game. 

fun preschool adding game

So here we go.  "What is 3 pluses and 3 pluses?" 

To show my four-year-old, I went to grab our plastic plates and uncooked noodles. 

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Think about what you already own. Check board games for dice, or perhaps make your own out of a tissue box.  You can keep your material list easy breezy. 

fun preschool adding game

Let's practice adding! 

  • Begin by rolling the dice. 
  • Place the amount rolled in the first section of your plate. 
  • Roll the dice again. 
  • Place the next amount on the other side. 
  • Combine the two groups into the large section of your plate. 
  • Count the objects. 

Language to use:

"You rolled a 6 here. Here are 6 noodles." 

"On this side, you rolled a 4. You have 1,2,3,4 noodles here."

"Let's put all the noodles together to see what we have."

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! I see that! A group of 6, plus a group of 4, makes 10!"

The fun started when my four-year-old was able to SEE the total before his eyes! 

Try this today IF your preschool has a solid foundation of what a group of ten looks and feels like. Then you can go ahead and try Busy Toddler's, What is 100?! 

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