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  • 1.  What are some great math games that can be incorporated for 3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K?

    Posted 13 days ago
    Counting and identifying numbers


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    Tomika Shorter
    PreK Teacher
    NJ
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  • 2.  RE: What are some great math games that can be incorporated for 3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K?
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    Posted 12 days ago

    One of my favorite games to use with 3-5 year olds is Tiny Polka Dot. This game can be used to teach number sense, number recognition, subitizing, counting, addition and subtraction. There are 16 different "games" (beginner to more advanced) that can be played. See Learn to Play for instructions and guide for grownups. Instructions are also available in Spanish, Mandarin, and French.



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    Toni Galassini
    Professional Learning Specialist
    Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education
    IL
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  • 3.  RE: What are some great math games that can be incorporated for 3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K?

    Posted 11 days ago

    Hi, Tomika,

    Math for 3s and 4s is so much fun! You might like Straw Triangles. All you need to explore shapes with your 3s and 4s are straws, clay or playdough, and a pair of scissors. Children cut straws to different lengths and then roll small balls of clay to join three straws, forming a triangle. Or try Birthday Candle Counting. All you need is playdough, cupcake cups, digit candles, and cake candles. To play, roll a ball of playdough and place in the bottom of each cupcake cup. Stick a digit candle in each cup. Children poke the correct number of cake candles to match the digit. This activity helps children learn the counting sequence (the order the numbers go in) and one-to-one correspondence (saying one number word for each item counted). 

    Hope this helps! For more ideas, join the NAEYC Early Math Interest Forum. We have virtual meet ups where we share lots of teaching ideas, book studies, and webinars. We'd love to have you join us!



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    Carrie Cutler
    Co-Lead Facilitator for the Early Math Interest Forum
    Clinical Associate Professor
    University of Houston
    The Woodlands TX
    www.carriecutler.com
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  • 4.  RE: What are some great math games that can be incorporated for 3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K?

    Posted 2 days ago

    Hi there

    Is it games that you are looking for, or ways to make maths playful? THis toolkit is great to get you thinking along ways to develop mathematical thinking through play https://play.toddleapp.com/resource-post/making-mathematics-playful-a-toolkit/ and is free to download. Some great book recommendations too - you can share a story together then provoke playful maths inquiry from that...

    Would love to know if you tried anything!
    Lisa



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    Lisa Kane
    Toddle
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  • 5.  RE: What are some great math games that can be incorporated for 3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K?

    Posted 2 days ago

    Hi Lisa - check out the Problem Solvers free math curriculum from ZERO TO THREE at: www.zerotothree.org/problemsolvers - there are 22 play-based math activities for toddlers/preschoolers along with 22 songs/music activities and book suggestions as well. :)  Happy Math!



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    Rebecca Parlakian
    Senior Director of Programs
    ZERO TO THREE
    MD
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  • 6.  RE: What are some great math games that can be incorporated for 3 and 4 year olds in Pre-K?

    Posted 8 hours ago

    Hello from Nashville - 

    The D.R.E.M.E team - Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education - has a collection of free math games for preschoolers in its resources section (https://dreme.stanford.edu/), as well as tools for professional learning.

    If you're shopping for commercial games, a personal favorite is Ravensburger's Snail's Pace Race

    Enjoy!



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    Christy Plummer
    Nashville, TN
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