Math activity ideas for preschoolers

November 19, 2012|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | The Baltimore Sun

My husband and I had a parent-teacher conference at his preschool the other day, during which we realized Isaac is showing a great interest in numbers and how they work. We'd noticed some of that at home (counting things, making patterns, asking -- and figuring out -- some sums on his own). But his teacher had some scraps of paper she'd saved, including a couple where he'd done his own math problems.

I'm a Word Person, not so much a numbers person. Not that I dislike math, but I just don't think about it that much. So when we're chatting at dinner or in the car or whatnot, I'm much more likely to come up with questions and scenarios about words and letters and spelling than numbers. So I asked the brain-trust of my Facebook friends. And they delivered. Here are some of their suggestions:


-- A cash register set to learn counting money, making change, counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, 20s, 25s, etc.

-- Music lessons, especially piano, was a popular suggestion.


-- Sudoku (though I haven't figured out how to play, so it would be a group activity)

-- Card games like solitaire, war, spit, cribbage, poker, and Blackjack

-- The card game 24

-- The game Set

-- Tangrams, where you use shapes to create different pictures


-- I've heard good things about Magna-Tiles, and Isaac has loved playing with them at his friend's house

-- MathDice gets really good reviews on Amazon

To try to keep track of all of these, I started a "Numbers" board on Pinterest. Come follow me, if you like.

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