Summer is the perfect time to introduce kids to sea animals. Make it a fun learning experience with counting activity for preschoolers. Check out this cool counting the tentacles math activity for kids.
FREE PRINTABLE PRESCHOOL WORKSHEETS
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Mathematics is abstract and helps to think with logic and deduction. Mathematics helps develop cognitive abilities; however, it is complicated or difficult for some people because, in their learning process, they did not have a methodology that would allow them to understand in an easy and didactic way.
Montessori teaches the importance of all the senses for children’s learning. She materialized the abstract in concrete, that is to say, that children begin an order. Through exploration, they discover quantities, then symbols. Finally, they associate quantities with symbols, making them feel part of the process.
Therefore, parents must participate in the learning process in children, contributing to developing abilities and skills in a didactic and fun way through manual activities, allowing experience, and exploring a world of learning with mathematics where logical thinking is achieved for everyday life.
In the first years of education in children, the objective is to achieve cognitive development. It is essential and complementary with which the family has taught and stimulated in them.
Children begin to assimilate their environment through interaction with nature that provides them with sounds, textures, colors, sizes. They begin to understand better the diversity of the outside world, with which they are perceiving and acquiring the skill in the use of objects, refining the spatial notion, strengthening, controlling movements through contact and experience with the natural environment. That prepares brain connections for more complex activities like writing and math.
By exploring the real and natural environment, they learn to select and organize through practical life to understand reality, obtain criteria to materialize the independent, becoming communicative and interactive with the learning environment.
THEME: COUNTING ACTIVITY FOR PRESCHOOLERS
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Age: 4-6-year-old children
Goal: Through the counting activity, children acquire cognitive skills through experience selecting and organizing quantity with numbers.
Difficulty level: Advanced. This math activity for preschoolers is designed for children to learn, explore and express their universe in a practical, didactic, autonomous way in the company of an adult.
- Precision in hand and finger movements
- Eye-hand coordination
- Matching symbols and quantity
- Following instructions
- A tray
- Colored beads in a container
- An octopus previously made with colored
- Paper and yarn
ADULT SUPERVISION. Be careful with small materials; children can put them in their nose, ears, or mouth.
Take the beads from the container according to the numbers on the octopus.
Introduce the beads onto the yarn.
Children can develop different strategies for elaborating the activity, such as separating and counting the beads that they will use.
Craft of an octopus with different materials to strengthen math skills. Counting activity for preschoolers.
HOW TO DEVELOP THIS COUNTING ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF OTHER AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD
You can develop this counting activity with younger children. To lower the difficulty level, you can provide children with a big drawing of an octopus with the numbers 1 to 5 on it.
Each tentacle will have as many circles as indicated in the number; then, children will place pom-poms on each circle and make the matching number-quantity. In this way, children will carry out a math activity appropriate to their development and abilities.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OVER 6 YEARS OLD
You can develop this counting activity with older children. To increase the difficulty level, children can cut out the tentacles and the octopus shape themselves. They can also add more tentacles and numbers. In this way, children will carry out a counting activity appropriate to their development and abilities.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – COUNTING ON TENTACLES
In this counting activity video, you will find the step-by-step of the “COUNTING ON TENTACLES” activity, designed for 4-6-year-old children.
Here they will do a handcraft using different techniques to strengthen their physical and cognitive skills. This math activity will allow children to develop various skills such as precision in hand and finger movements, eye-hand coordination, attention, autonomy, focus, self-esteem, matching symbols and quantity, and following instructions.
They will need a tray, colored beads in a container, and an octopus previously made. (ADULT SUPERVISION)
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