A Simple Math Activity

A Simple Math Activity

Inside: A fun, fine motor activity that will help your preschooler with nonstandard measurement and counting. 

Looking for an idea you can pull together in less than 5 minutes? 

Take a look around your home. 

What you are looking for is ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • wooden lacing blocks (shown here)
  • dot stickers
  • any stickers
  • paper clips 
  • coins 
  • beans
  • pasta 

Are you thinking what I am thinking?


Chances are, you already own everything you need.  

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preschool math activity for counting and nonstandard measurement

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Set Up in Under 5 Minutes:

  • Tape your white paper to a table top. 
  • Using your ruler, draw a variety of lines to your paper.
  • PRO TIP: Add a green dot to the left and a red dot to the right. This will remind your preschooler to work left to right. 
  • Place your block collection to the left of the paper. 
Preschool Math Activity for counting and nonstandard measurement

Notice the green and red dot?

This will encourage left to right progression. Start at the green, work your way to the red. 

Language to Use at Home:

  • Which line of blocks is the longest? - How can you tell?

  • Which line of blocks is the shortest?  - How can you tell?

  • Let's count the blocks in each row. See this? You said this line is your longest and it has 16 blocks. You said this row of blocks was your shortest line. It has 9 blocks. 16 is a larger number than 9. 

  • FOR KIDS 4-years-old+ a valuable concept is more or less than. You can add,  "There are 12 blocks on that line and 10 blocks on that line. How many more is 12 than 10? Put 10 in your head and count on on your fingers. 11, 12. It is two more. 12 is two more than 10.” 

preschool math game for counting and nonstandard measurement

What's the Big Idea? 

Why do this now? 

In Kindergarten, children will be asked to directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.

Children will also be asked to...

Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

Preschoolers are not to master Kindergarten concepts now, but providing opportunities to explore concepts now will help them become more confident walking in that classroom door. 

Remember! Ideas just like this are on our Alphabet Activity Cards and Breakfast Invitations. 

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