Learning doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, learning can be incredibly fun! By giving children the chance to have a great time while they are learning, they can discover a genuine love for learning that will follow with them for the rest of their lives. These number sense action ideas for the kindergarten level will help young children learn all about numbers and counting in an exciting way that makes it easy.
Children love to throw. Children love dice. Creating giant dice that children can throw across the room and then learn from? Brilliant! This activity is incredibly simple to put together. Create 2 giant dice from cardboard boxes (tissue boxes, maybe?). Draw on the numbers as you would see them on a regular dice. You can start off easy by having the child count the number they get after throwing the dice. Then you can make it harder by having the child add the two numbers they rolled together.
Learning With Colored Blocks
For this activity you will need a set of blocks with different colors. Smaller blocks, like unifex, work best as they are small and come in few basic colors. Set out the blocks in front of the kindergartener. Tell them a simple addition equation, for instance 2+2. They must put together the addition by grabbing 2 blocks of one color (let’s say red), and 2 of another color (blue). Connect the blocks (or stack them together) and count how many there are. A great way to learn addition, because what child doesn’t love blocks?
Another kid favorite: puzzles, of course! So why not put together a fun number sense puzzle? For this activity you will need a mat with numbers and an empty square next to the number (for the child to match). Then give your child a series of small pictures with- for example- 1 fish, 2 fishes, 3 fishes, etc. Your child will need to place the picture of 1 fish next to the number 1, and so on, until all the pictures are accounted for on the mat.
There’s an adorable obsession with hopscotch in kindergarten-aged children. Turn hopscotch into another learning experience by adding numbers to the floor and counting with the children each step they take. You can even turn this into a game, by saying ‘hop until you reach number 5’. Say each number out loud. This is an activity that is seriously fun and of course, as an added bonus, you get a little bit of exercise thrown into the mix!
Have you ever met a kindergartener that didn’t like to color? Me neither. That’s why math coloring pages are great. Simple math coloring pages could be the color-coordinated ones, such as use red wherever you see the number 1, and blue wherever you see the number 3. To make it more difficult, add addition equations to slots on the coloring pages. For instance, the frog could have 5+2 in the middle. On the chart, the color green will be 7. Therefore, the 5+2=7 will be formed and the child will color the frog with the correct color that corresponds with the right answer to the equation.
What child wouldn’t love these fun, yet very informative number sense activities?
Author bio: Tiffany Faming is a professional blogger and English teacher. She prefers to write on family, fashion and beauty, home décor, travel, grammar. However, she is interested in many other topics, too.