This is a simple fall math game that reinforces many basic math skills like subitizing, counting, and one to one correspondence. Subitizing might be a term you aren’t familiar with, that’s OK the term is relatively new, but the skill isn’t. All it is is the ability to know an amount by looking at things like tally marks, fingers, or dice without counting. I think of it as sight words for math. This ability is important for developing math concepts so finding fun ways to work on it is well worth our time.
You will notice that younger children always count the dots on the dice, that’s fine. In time with practice, they will develop their subitizing skills, which will help develop more complex math skills, but we can’t help them unless we make math fun enough that they want to play a lot! This game is one of the activities from my Apples Thematic Unit for Preschool.
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Gather your materials you will need Apple mini erasers or red buttons, grid game board printable, dice ( one for beginners, two for more advanced learners), a cookie sheet or tray, and a dish for mini erasers or buttons. You will also need some contact paper or a laminator if you want the game board to stand up to classroom play. This little laminator is my favorite ( click to see).
Print out the game board and laminate if desired. Place on cookie sheet with the dice
Place mini erasers or buttons in a dish.
Roll the die and count out, then place that amount of erasers/buttons over the dots on the game board. If using two dice then the student should add the two together and place the erasers/buttons using the sum.The objective of the game is to cover all the dots.
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