We have been doing a lot of math activities over at our house this week! Today I am sharing a round-up of hands-on math activities for preschoolers. I’m hoping this will be a good resource for you moms of preschoolers! Here we go….

**1. Patterns with Bears**

Counting Bears are a great math manipulative to use with preschoolers. You can sort, count, or use them with patterns. I created some pattern cards to help with this. The first page is an AB pattern, meaning two colors alternate in the pattern. The second page is an ABC pattern, meaning three are three colors in the pattern. For this activity, your preschooler will set the colored bear on top of the matching color to create a pattern. On the ABC pattern cards, the last circle is left empty. That is for your child to tell you what color it should be.

You can get your free printable here —> **Color Pattern Printable**

*Math Skill: Patterns and Relationships*

**2. Sorting Colors with Bears**

Sorting is a skill preschoolers should work on a lot. One way to sort is by color and we do this with our counting bears and a sorting mat. To download your free copy of this click here —> Color Sorting Mat

*Math Skill: Patterns and Relationships*

A fun way to work on sorting is with a money muncher! To see all the fun details, click here.

*Math Skill: Patterns and Relationships*

Anytime we work with candy, my kids love it! You can sort M&Ms or jellybeans or whatever! To see how we did this with jellybeans, click here.

You can also use this printable with sorting candy —>Jelly Bean Math

*Math Skill: Patterns and Relationships*

**5. Graphing Transportation**

Graphing is always good to introduce to preschoolers. It doesn’t have to be complex, but you can do a simple activity like graphing the types of transportation on a bar graph and use small pictures or toys (or I used erasers from The Dollar Tree).

*Math Skill: Patterns and Relationships*

**6. Shape Wheel**

This is a fun activity for learning shapes! Just print this shape wheel and draw the same colored shapes onto clothespins. Have your child match the clothespin to the shape on the wheel. This is great for working on fine motor skills!

To get your free shape wheel, click here —> Shape Wheel

*Math Skill: Geometry*

An easy way to practice shapes is with a Shape Sorter! You can buy these at Michaels Craft Store for just $1! Check out this post for details.

*Math Skill: Geometry*

A neat sensory activity and fun way to learn shapes is with noodles! See the post here to pick up your free shape cards.

*Math Skill: Geometry*

**9. Foam Sticks**

Learn shapes in the tub with these foam sticks! You can see how we did this here.

*Math Skill: Geometry*

**10. Dice Game**

This is a really fun game! I took this Melissa & Doug wooden toy and put white circle stickers on the top of the pegs. I wrote numbers 1-6 and had 2 stars. I had my son roll the dice and whatever number it landed on, he would pound with a toy hammer. If the number he rolled was already down, he hit the star. Not only was this fun for him, but he was able to “subitize”, which simply means to recognize numbers instantly without counting the dots.

*Math Skill: Number Concepts*

Practice counting and recognizing numbers with star number cards. Grab the printable here!

*Math Skill: Number Concepts*

**12. Ladybug Math**

We made these adorable ladybugs and they were a hit! Not only were they fun to play with, but we did a lot of counting and sorting with them. Read all about it here.

*Math Skill: Number Concepts*

Learn the order of numbers with this really fun game involving balloons! Check out the details here.

We learned about estimation with a dropper last summer when we did water activities. We also did estimation here when we were playing with our foam bits sensory bin.

*Math Skill: Measurement*

**15. Pouring and Comparing**

We practiced pouring skills with rice into these beakers. Then I had my son line them up from biggest to smallest. Using comparative words like big/small or empty/full help teach preschoolers about simple concepts of measurement. This is simple and you could elaborate on this activity.

*Math Skill: Measurement*

Hope you enjoyed this round-up of math activities!

Great post. Particularly loved your 2D shape sorting wheel as I’d just been writing about teaching 2D and 3D shapes on my blog. Just added a link to your page, hope that’s okay

Nichole {youclevermonkey} recently posted…Invitation to create – the first 15 days

This is excellent work! Other teachers should see this. I will share it in my facebook!

They all look such fun, am sure ill use them all thank you

I used your sorting bears idea for my head start kids. GREAT IDEA!!

Each idea is great . Just what I needed. Thanks for sharing!

Just wanted to say Thank You! I used your pattern printable and I appreciate you having it on here to do so, saved me a lot of time from making my own! Kudos for all the nice things you have on here

Thanks! I’m printing the pattern cards for my 4 year old, and you’ve given me the inspiration to pull out our foamy letters and use them in the bathtub.

Shecki @ Greatly Blessed recently posted…Katie’s December Tot Trays

I love your ideas they will definitely be put to use, thank you for allowing the free printables!