The domino, a classic toy that has endless uses. Of course, I first purchased a set of dominoes hoping to create epic chain reactions with my kids, only for them to knock them down after I'd get the third domino in line. In playing with these simple toys, lots of mathematical creativity was sparked. Thinking about getting a set? Try these:
Each of these hands on learning games build foundational skills with counting, number recognition, the beginnings of adding, and subitizing. Subitizing is a math skill where kids learn to recognize a quantity quickly by sight. For example, if I quickly showed you 4 fingers than put my hands behind my back, asking you how many fingers that was, that would require you to subitize.
As you try each of these games, remember that learning through play is powerful! It gives small children an active role in their learning and is proven to be more memorable and therefore lasting than doing learning at a desk with an old fashioned pencil and paper.
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This math activity for preschoolers will have them adding, they just don't know it! A play on the classic card game, "War," more is based on the same principles and develops addition skills as well as knowledge of more and less.
More Domino Math Activity for Preschool
Anyone else have a kid obsessed with cars? Beep Beep! We pretended each domino was a car that needed to be parked in it's parking spot. Want this hands on learning game to try with your preschooler? Grab it here totally free!
Play based learning is all about diving into your child's interests in play to help them learn, so cars were a no brainer for us. This game helps preschoolers build foundational math skills like counting, adding, and one to one correspondence (counting one object for every number said).
Domino Parking Lot Math activity for preschool
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Domino Exercise Preschool Math Activity
Hands on learning...best done with snacks! Snacks always make learning high interest. Try this math activity with your preschooler and see them resist the temptation to dive right into snack! Just kidding, I usually allow snacking during learning activities. Otherwise, the kids will be asking to have "just one" the WHOLE time.
This play based learning activity allows kids to play with food to create alternative representations of equations. In this math activity your preschooler will be increasing number sense, building knowledge of addition equations, and experiment with decomposing numbers. Who knew such a simple activity could pack in so much learning.
Domino Snacktivity: Preschool Math Activity
Pick a domino, any domino! Congrats, you've just picked the domino number of the day. Now get moving in this out of the box, hands on learning experience.
By creating this counting collection you're developing your preschooler's understanding that a number can be made in so many different ways. As they learn through playing the Number of the Day Domino, they're building number sense, decomposing numbers, and counting in lots of out of the box ways. This open ended game can be played over and over, just pick a new domino tomorrow.
The Number of the Day: Math Activity for Preschoolers