Math is so fun to teach to preschoolers because there are a lot of daily activities that incorporate math. Preschoolers don’t need worksheets for math…they should learn through play and hands-on activities.

**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 the free printable here —> **Color Pattern Printable**

*Math Skill: Patterns and Relationships*

You can find more pattern activities here.

**2. Sorting Colors with Bears**

Sorting is a skill preschoolers should work on a lot. One way to sort is by color. 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*

You can even use colored tape and pom poms to practice sorting! Add in some tweezers for some extra fine motor practice.

Check out these free counting mats!

A fun way to work on sorting is with a money muncher! It’s also a great activity for fine motor skills. 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*

One more idea for sorting is with using toy animals. Have them sort by different characteristics, such as land animals and sea animals.

**5. Graphing**

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).

Make graphing hands-on with using apples! Even young preschoolers can begin learning about graphing with this activity.

Check out this free gumball graphing activity right here.

*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! I bought these shapes at Michaels Craft Store for just $1! Check out this post for details.

*Math Skill: Geometry*

A neat sensory activity and a fun way to learn shapes are with noodles! See the post here to download the 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.

Another fun way to practice shapes is with my shape rhymes!

**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! This one is great for working on one-to-one correspondence and fine motor skills.

*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.

*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*

Lastly, check out this really easy and fun way to practice counting!

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 🙂

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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. 🙂

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

Thank you. Your activities are awesome and fun! kids will surely love it.. It was great help for me as a preschool teacher.

I am so excited to try this with my 2-year-old! She can already count to 11 but doesn’t put it to physical things.. the stickers and balloon activity will be fun 🙂

Thanks and Happy Mothers Day 🙂

Thank you your ideas have given me ideas.

Thanks for all these great resources!

If I had counting bears in my classroom I would use them at small group time as a math activity. I would also use them as a literacy activity to tell bear stories.

I love counting bears for many areas in math. Patterns, sorting, counting, etc. A great tool! I’d love my own set instead of sharing with staff. 😊

So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing!

I love all of these ideas! I only have a few hand-me-down bears f rom teachers but as an OT I only need enough for small groups I just dont k now if I have all of the colors. I think mine are only red and yellow. I would love to have them for in sensory bins to find, pull out and then do the patterns you provided, etc.

We have bins at the library that children can get out at their leisure. I would love to add a bin with the bears and some of the activity mats that you have available.

Great ideas! I teach future teachers, at the college level. Your site is a treasure trove!