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These preschool math worksheets are a fun way to practice number recognition, sorting, patterns, prepositions, and basic adding and subtracting. (Number Bonds)

These preschool math worksheets are a fun way to practice number recognition, sorting, patterns, prepositions, and basic adding and subtracting. (Number Bonds)

Play is so important for little preschool children. I want my twins building castles, playing family (doll house), and dressing up to go on the latest adventure. The majority of their day is spent in play, with most of the afternoon outside if the weather permits.

But for 30 minutes to an hour a day, I sit down with them to do some structured learning. We do letter work with these great units by This Reading Mama and the Measured Mom.

We count objects, create patterns, and build fine motor skills with snap cubes.

And sometimes, I grab use preschool packets to focus on other skills. And today I have five preschool math activities to use on a cookie sheet with magnets!

 

Prep- Work

With just a little cutting and applying magnetics, you have a fun preschool activity to use.

  1. First, print off the monsters on card stock paper .
  2. Cut each monster out, and then add magnetic strips on the back of the monsters.
  3. Finally, print off the pages you want to use, and place them on a cookie sheet.

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Patterns

Did you know that recognizing patterns will help your child when they begin to multiply? Multiplication has pattern after pattern in it. Look at 5’s. The number in the ones place is always a 5 or a 0, and there is a pattern to when the 0 and the 5 appear. Recognizing patterns can help a child learn to count by five and then be able to multiply by five.

There are many other reasons why patterns are important and Mid-Pacific  does a great job in explaining them.

Knowing that they are so important, I began by creating some fun, colorful patterns with the monsters. If your child or student are not familiar with patterns, you will need to sit down and discuss what the see and how they monster repeat themselves.

Numbers/Counting

This page is pretty self-explanatory. Simply put the sheet out and have your little ones count out the correct amount of monsters for each number. Not only are you working on counting, but number recognition too!!!!

Sorting

If you have a child that needs help with colors, this is a great one to do. The children must place the monsters in the correct circles based on color. I would highly recommend sitting down with you kiddo on this one and have them tell you the color each time they place it in the circle. This way they are saying the color, seeing the written word, and finding a monster with that color.

I decided to throw in a little counting with the sorting too. Some sorts require the children to sort the monsters based on the number of eyes or antennas (you may have to explain that word)!!!

Then my favorite sorting activity…the do it yourself. The children can sort the monsters anyway they want. A teacher, parent, or friend can then guess what the rule is!!!

Prepositions

Have you ever asked your child to look under the couch for his shoe, and they look everywhere except UNDER the couch? This activity is perfect for helping children to understand those pesky prepositional words. Simply print out a picture and then tell your child where you want them to place the monster.

 

Under the bridge

Behind a tree

Beside the path

Above the box

Off the path

 

Not only will your child have to use vocabulary to find the pictures, they will be working on those wonderful prepositions that WE need them to learn!

NUMBER BONDS

Finally, for those advanced preschoolers, we have number bonds. Number bonds are so important. They help children visualize fact families. So many of our children need a different approach than a list of equations with the same numbers in them. Throw in manipulatives and teaching them through number bonds, maybe what some of our sweet little ones need to understand the relationship between addition and subtraction.

If you want more information on teaching number bonds, check out this great post on Let’s Play Math. Or get more number bond activities here.

After looking at her awesome ideas on teaching, print out these number bond sheets and use the monsters to begin teaching this important concept.

I hope you enjoy these cute little monsters, and I would love to hear how it goes.

 

 

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