This is such a fun, simple-to-do summer learning activity for Toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten age kids!
All you need is a driveway, sidewalk, or surface of some sort and chalk (homemade chalk recipe)
Counting OutsideFirst, I wrote numbers 1-10 on the bricks. Saying the names of the numbers while writing them so that the kids can hear and see the numbers and their names. Having them count with me, pointing at the written numbers too.
Then each child got a turn to choose a number.
They had to find the chosen number, then jump up and down for the number of counts according to the number, while I made the lines counting up till we reach the number.
Example: For instance, number two- jump twice (while counting and drawing two lines next to the number 2 on the brick).
For the next round, they chose a number again, but this time had to spin around the correct amount of times according to the chosen number. After each round we changed up the instruction: jumping, spinning, walking backwards, stand on one leg etc.
This activity can be used for introducing tallying with preschoolers.
It is very simple, but effective since it involves different senses: visual, auditory and proprioceptive senses. And did you know that children learn best with a multisensory approach?
Here are a few more fun learning ideas to try :
- Chalk Shapes
- Gross Motor Activities for Large Groups
- Counting with Acorns
- Marshmallow Shooter (over 30 fee!)
Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at Teach Me Mommy about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.