Early math skills start with lots of playful opportunities that don’t have to be extensively planned ahead of time. Encourage investigation with mathematical concepts with simple hands on math activities using every day items.  From counting, number recognition, simple addition and subtraction, introduction to shapes, measuring, graphing and more.

HANDS ON MATH ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

25+ PRESCHOOL MATH ACTIVITIES

APPLE FRACTIONS

Edible apple fractions math activity! Tasty math that explores fractions with young kids. Pair with our free apple fractions worksheet for awesome hands-on learning.

APPLE FRACTIONS PRINTABLE

BUILD LEGO NUMBERS

Perfect for number recognition, place value, adding, subtracting, and more! Make math fun by using your kids favorite building set as part of the learning time.

Build LEGO Numbers Math Activity for Kids

CANDY MATH

Hands-on math activities that are perfect for all that leftover Halloween or any time of the year.  Involves counting, weighing, comparing and even graphing your candy!

Candy math weighing an apple and comparing the amount of candy weight

CHRISTMAS MATH ACTIVITIES

More than just counting the presents under the tree or the ornaments on the tree, why not give all your math activities a holiday twist! We have a fun selection of Christmas math activities perfect to add to your lesson plans this season. Suitable for preschooler to early elementary. Make the holidays extra fun!

STEM activities for kids

CONSTRUCTION MATH GAME

How can you develop fine motor skills while keeping your activity fun and your child engaged? No worksheets here! Instead try a construction themed math game! A few easy to find items and you have a simple game that teaches math, encourages turn taking, and helps to develop fine motor skills!

Construction Play Math Game for Developing Fine Motor Skills Pinching Tweezers

COUNTING WITH ACORNS

Practice one to one counting skills with a pile of acorns, as well as single digit addition and subtraction. Acorns are a fun and free manipulative for encouraging fine motor skills while having fun exploring nature. It’s a great way to combine a little science, math, and fine motor work all in one activity.

Acorn Fine Motor Fall Activity Sensory Transfer Tweezers Counting

FARM THEME MATH

Explore understanding of concepts such as full, empty, more, less, even, same while filling measuring cups with corn as part of a fun farm theme.

Farm Activities Weighing Measuring Comparing Matter Volume Science And Math Play

GEOBOARD

This DIY geoboard is so simple to make and will only cost you a few dollars. Create geometric shapes and patterns in minutes. We love a simple geoboard for math activities for preschoolers.

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simple-geoboard STEM math

GEOMETRIC SHAPES

Put away the worksheets and play with math instead! Our simple geometric shapes activity for kids is easy to do at home or as a math center in school. It also makes a terrific STEAM project including a bit of art and design too.

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Geometric Shapes Activity for preschool and kindergarten math play. Simple invitation to explore geometry at home or in a classroom math center.

HALLOWEEN MATH GAME

Preschool math is important, but so is play! We have you covered with a playful Halloween math game where kids can roll dice (or paper cubes) and make silly Jack O’ Lantern faces. Practice number recognition, one to one counting, and problem-solving with a pumpkin theme for Halloween.

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LEGO MATH CHALLENGE CARDS

Kids love to build and play with LEGO and basic bricks are awesome for this kindergarten and early elementary math activity. Practice addition and subtraction of single digit numbers. Pack a few bricks in a bag and you have the perfect quiet time activity for your preschoolers!

LEGO Math Challenge Cards and Math Activity Busy Bag

MEASURING HANDS AND FEET

A super simple preschool math measuring activity for the whole family! We chose to use our unifix cubes to measure our hands and feet.

Preschool Math Measuring Activity Using Unifix Cubes, DUPLO or LEGO

MEASURING SEASHELLS

We love to collect tons of seashells at the beach and bring the home with us!  How about adding them to your next math lesson with this measuring seashells math activity invitation! The beach is a wonderful play full of learning opportunities of all kinds. A sensory filled environment, the ocean is an amazing resource for hands on learning activities.

Seashells Math Activity for Kids

NUMBER RECOGNITION GAME

Right now we are working on number recognition 1-20. Numbers 1-12 are solid but numbers 13-19 are shaky and 20 is fine! Here’s a fun way to play and lean those tricky double digits!

Number Recognition Game 1-20 numbers hide and seek early learning game for kids

PATTERNS WITH LEGO

Inspired by Dr. Seuss and a favorite book, The Cat In The Hat, here is a simple hands-on math activity for preschoolers.  Simple set up and great math practice with this easy patterning math activity. You only need a few supplies to get started!

LEGO Math Activity and Dr Seuss Patterning Activity

PI GEOMETRY

You can keep Pi really simple for young kids and still have fun and teach a little something too. We have several easy to set up geometry activities for Pi Day. Explore, play, and learn with circles.

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PUMPKIN MATH

Pumpkins really do make awesome tools for hands-on learning. There are so many awesome pumpkin activities you can try with even one small pumpkin.  Our measuring activity with pumpkin worksheets is a simple way to bring a little math into the season, and you can even do it at the pumpkin patch!

Measuring Pumpkins Math Activity Fall STEM

SEARCH AND FIND WORKSHEETS

Search and find puzzles are always a hit around here and so easy to make for any holiday or season. Improve visual processing skills, fine motor skills, and math skills. They are terrific for kids who like to spot things and count things, but they are also great practice for kids who need to develop these skills.

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Halloween Searches Printables Search and Find Halloween Math

SENSORY BINS

Awesome hands-on play with an early learning math sensory bin! Sensory bins are an awesome tool for preschool education because they are so playful but you can encourage so many early learning opportunities.   From counting, measuring and weighing, check out our math sensory bin ideas below.

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Early Learning Math LEGO Sensory Bin for Preschool Math

TEN FRAME WITH DUPLO

Teach number sense using our ten frame math printable sheet and Duplo blocks.  Make different combinations of 10 for hands-on math learning.

Using Duple Ten Frame Printable for Subitizing

VALENTINES MATH ACTIVITIES

Practice counting and number recognition with these simple hands-on math activities.  Even includes a simple introduction to graphing.

Valentines Math Early Learning Ideas

WATER BALLOON NUMBERS

Make math learning playful with fun water play!  Hands-on learning with our water balloon number activity is the perfect way to keep learning going all year long.  Water balloons are a summer staple for awesome outdoor play!

Water Balloon Number Activity Outdoor Math Activity Chalk Play

WEIGHING ACTIVITY

We have been experimenting with our balance scale for play and learning so naturally we have been weighing items around the house and comparing different objects. Lots of discussion with great concepts such as more and less and even are part of this weighing activity.

Weighing Activity Hands On Math Stem Saturday

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