Young children learn best through play!
Here is a fun, playful way to help toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age practice counting form 0-20.
Kids will love making silly monsters with googly eyes
Counting with Googly Eyes
This activity is simple and FUN!
Just print off one of the monster mats below, get a big bag of googly eyes and the dice template or make your own dice with wood cubes and googly eyes.
To Play:There are several ways to play this game both independently or in a friendly competition to see who can get to 20 eyes on their monster first.
- Just roll the googly eye dice and place that number of eyes on the monster. Continue rolling until you get to 20 eyes. Make sure to use math words like “plus”, “more” “add”, etc. to help kids learn the math vocabulary.
- Use a dice that has 2 sides of the dice colored red. When your child rolls a red side they will remove the number of dice they rolled. Use math words like “minus” or “less” or “take away” or “subtract” to help enhance the learning experience.
For example my daughter’s monster has 3 googly eyes on already. She rolls 2 googly eyes so she counts out two eyes from the pile. She will then count on saying “4 and 5. My monster has 5 eyes altogether”
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