29 Ways To Make Math More Fun For Kids

fun math activities I hated math for so long that I had to hold back tears on my first day of math class at Teacher’s College. I was so nervous to be back in a math class after years of avoiding it. That feeling was so terrifying that I’ve made it part of my mission as a mom and teacher to make fun math activities so that my children and students won’t find themselves so terrified by a subject that they are holding back tears just thinking about it. Math is fun. Last year I spent one day a week as a math docent for 2nd grade and created hands on ways for those kids to practice math and this year I am back to the little tiny guys with my 2 and 3 year old class. This list of fun math has toddler math activities through to elementary ideas I brought home from being a docent. If your child already has some anxiety about math like I did don’t tell them you have a fun new math activity to do, omit the math from the title and just say game or activity or craft project. Don’t put up the wall before you get them interested.

Remember that like reading math is one of those subjects that really does benefit from a lot of practice. Using fun math activities like these you don’t have to resort to drill and kill activities although I admit as kids get older math is one of the places where I might make a little room for some flash cards but not in the preschool years!

 Fun Math Activities For Preschool

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I have all of preschool together because some 3 year olds latch on to math early and some 5 year olds don’t show real interest until later on. Find games and activities that look like they would interest your kids don’t worry about how old my kids look in the photos. There is no checklist that every little developing human hits in order. Fun means not too challenging to be frustrating and not too easy to be boring. It might require some trial and error – but if you read through the posts you can probably figure out which will work for your kids.

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Lego Math Game

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Count & Pound Math Game

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Counting Around The House

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Candy Corn Counting

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Button Numbers Mural

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Color By Number Easter Eggs

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Sort The Mail Math Activity

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Monster Math Game * Great for all ages!

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Shell Memory Game with Numbers fun math activities for kids
Monster Math Tray

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Count & Match Math Game

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Laundry Line Math Match Game

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Shape Hunt Find & Color

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Hot Chocolate Math * easy to adapt to any level.

 

 

Fun Math Activities for School Age Kids

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These games and activities were all created with kids in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade age range. Does that mean your preschooler can’t do them? No. Check them out and see if you can find something rad for your little math whiz or adapt something to fit her interests.

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Valentine’s Day Math – Jar Of Hearts

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Outdoor Number Line

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Make A Valentine Math Game & Craft

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Secret Code Math

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Shoot & Add Nerf Gun Math

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Tally Mark Dominoes & Speed Racer Game

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Make Math Drills Fun- 2 Activities For Kindergarten

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Lock & Key Math fun math activities
Candy Apple Tree Math

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Connect The Dots With Math fun math activities
Water Balloon Math

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7 Ways To Use This Simple Color By Numbers

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Place Value Robot

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Pokemon Math Activity

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Outdoor Math Ideas for Kids

Q-tip Painted Snowflake Crafts

snowflake crafts for preschool This is a simple winter craft that I have planned for my class of two and three year olds. I often test out my lesson plans on my 4 year old and today when she asked what I was going to do with my class I told her we were going to make Q-tip painted snowflake crafts and she asked if she could make one too. Of course! Since she is older she glued her paper strips down herself and if you are going to do this activity one on one with a toddler I would encourage them to do it too. For my class I glued them down and they will focus on painting.

Gather your materials. You will need some blue construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, q-tips, a paper plate, some paint in silver, white, and light blue. Using different tools to paint is a great way to work in some extra creativity as well as in this case fine motor skills. It’s tough handling a skinny little q-tip! q-tip snowflake crafts for preschool

Start by cutting the paper into strips.snowflake crafts for kids

Time to glue.q-tip painted snowflake crafts for children She loved this step and gluedsnowflake crafts for kids and glued and glued!snowflake crafts

 

While your child is gluing pop the paint on a plate and add the q-tips to each color.q-tip painted snowflake craft for preK Time to paint!q-tip painted snowflakes for preschool

One of the best ways to really enjoy crafting with your kids is to do it with them. Don’t do their craft , do your own. Seeing you enjoy it sets a great example for them.q-tip painted snowflake craft for kindergarten

Kids Activities All About Winter ! { Add Your Posts}

kids activitiesIt’s January and the last bits of the holidays are coming to a close. It’s time to plan for kids activities filled with snowflakes, and snowmen, and mittens… at least those are the words at the top of my brainstorming sheet today. I hope everyone had a great winter break from school and preschool or at least a few days to spend together. I can’t wait to see what everyone links up today.

 

The link I am adding today isn’t just my blog it’s a whole bunch of different blogs —> Winter Kids Activities board on Pinterest is packed with great ideas.
Also I mentioned last week that I wasn’t sure if I would keep L&L going during 2015 but the overwhelming response was ” Yes, do!” so I will.

Now let’s see your posts!



Easy Alphabet Activity For Kids

alphabet activity This alphabet activity was created because my daughter adores the alphabet, she loves stamps, and I NEEDED 10 minutes to finish cleaning the bathrooms before my holiday guests arrived. She LOVED it and I wanted to say that while printables are great I know that for me printing something out can be cumbersome. I don’t have my printer out all the time and sometimes I am out of ink. I didn’t have time to make this a printable and I am glad for that now because it shows you that you don’t need it to be pretty and perfect to be useful and fun!

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, something to write on ( I love using clipboards), some letter stamps and stamp pad ( or stickers), and a marker.alphabet activity

Start by writing out the alphabet on a piece of paper leaving out some letters. I wrote out 5 sheets at once because I had a feeling ( and it was right) that my wee one would want to do a bunch.alphabet activity

Prepare the tools you are using with the sheets. You can also just have your little learner write the letters. I didn’t think my little one could accomplish that solo but in the days since we did that I think she might be able to. I am going to make some more sheets and repeat this activity, she loved it so much.alphabet activity

Let the fun begin! Adjust this activity to your child. If they struggle with some of the letters make sure that you have lots of letters they do not struggle with to balance out the success and challenge. If possible have the easy ones as the first few if you know there is a challenge ahead. If they are having a hard time sing the alphabet while touching each letter and when they get to a blank spot the song will act as a prompt. fill in the blank alphabet activity for kidsI quickly took pictures of the first sheet – ran next door and cleaned the bathroom while she yelled out which letters she was doing.alphabet activities

Then she called me in because she said she ” Made up an even better letter idea!” She grabbed a highlighter from her basket and started highlighting all the letters. This is a fun and easy way to work on letter formation anywhere but I’d only have kids this young (4) do it if they are interested. If they are resistant work on writing their name and more authentic writing like making signs, writing cards… anything that doesn’t make writing a chore. Start them out on the right foot. That said if they are like my daughter who is fond of writing and wants to do it, have the materials available and support them as they do. alphabet activity fill in the blanks

Learning doesn’t only happen with perfect graphics in all sorts of colors so don’t stress about picture perfect printables. They are fun and can add excitement at times but learning will happen when the activity fits the child no matter how pretty something is.

Photo A Day Challenge! #CapturePlay

capture play instagram challenge Happy New Year!

I don’t really believe in resolutions but I do believe in always trying to do better and one thing I need to do better at is to play simply with my kids. I know I have a blog filled with ideas for my kids but my goal is to sit on the floor and play Lego, lay in bed and make up stories, and other simple kid directed things. Don’t worry I am not abandoning all these other ideas and activities but in the time between them I am trying to play more. I may end up staying up til 2am cleaning some weeks but I think I’d rather that than saying ” In a minute… just a sec… after I finish this I will play…” as much as I think I did in 2014.

So I created this photo a day challenge to keep myself accountable and inspire others. I tried to think of words and themes that weren’t so specific that you have to create the play, but rather just capture it. These are words that fit in with my kids daily and I hope they will for your kids too. So capture one shot, add it to your Instagram with the #captureplay hashtag and then put that screen away and PLAY.

You in??

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Don’t forget to use the #captureplay and if you would like me to feature your photo tag me @allienoflashcards and I just might!