Preschool Fun - Pots & Pans and Numbers

By: Tami Crea
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POTS AND PANS AND NUMBERS

TEACHING OBJECTIVE/BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

Matching numbers is a great way for your pre-schooler to learn their names. As you roll the dice and count the spots on each of the six sides he will soon be counting from 1 to 6 with ease. Then as he matches the number of spots with the written numerals taped to the pots and pans he will begin to recognize the numerals quickly each time the die is rolled. When he has mastered all six numbers you can add six more as he rolls both of the dice and adds them together by counting the spots on both of them and then finds the right numeral written on one of the 12 pots.

Of course it will take lots of practise to throw the beanbag into the right pot every time he rolls the dice. But as you play the game over and over his recognition of numbers will become easier and easier as will his skill in getting the beanbag into the correct pot. An added benefit to playing this game is the fact that your child will actually be adding numbers together as he counts the spots on both dice.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Dice

Six or twelve pots and pans

Small pieces of paper

A magic marker

Tape

A bean bag or small soft ball

ACTIVITY STEPS

1. Count the dots on each of the six sides of one of the dice

2. Write the numbers 1 to 6 on separate pieces of paper

3. Tape one of the numbers to each one of six pots

4. Roll one of the dice and match the number that comes up to the printed number on the pot

5. Stand a few feet away from the pots which you have placed on the floor and see if your pre-schooler can throw the beanbag in the pot that has the number on it that matches the spots on the dice

6. Continue playing the game taking turns with your child to see who can match the most numbers as the dice are rolled

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