Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Thank you Miss Gina for submitting this idea!
Needed: pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows
The children begin by building walls (4 pretzel sticks stuck into mini marshmallow corners) and then learn to add to it to make cubes!
Construction Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers Develop Math Skills and/or those small muscles in their hands!
The Rooms in a House(Classification Activity)
At your math/manipulatives table, place a dollhouse. Ask the children to name the rooms and notice the characteristics of each. Call on children to choose a piece of furniture and place it in the correct room. (This part could be done at circle time).
Place shoe boxes or small bins on the table and label each one with names and pictures of the rooms of a house ("Kitchen", "Bathroom", "Bedroom", etc.).
Gather items and products that belong in each room (such as in the Kitchen box, place plastic dishes, detergent, paper towels; in the Bathroom box- toilet tissue, soap, hair brush).
The children sort the items to put them in the correct box.
Let your architects and engineers enjoy making their own shapes using these boards.
VARIATION: See if a parent can help your children make their own! We had a parent who came in and, one by one, helped the children nail 9 nails into a soft piece of square pine and then made shapes with rubber bands on them.
They were so proud to make their own! Of course, you'll need to use safety glasses, gloves and complete supervision one on one!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Music and Movement Activities
to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Materials: Blocks in many different shapes (one block per child).
Set the blocks up in a large circle. Have each child stand behind one block.
Play music. The children walk or dance in a circle (like in musical chairs).
When you stop the music, the children should stand behind one block. Call on one child to name the block shape in front of them (if they don't know, encourage them to ask a friend to help them name it).
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