Wintertime Fun: Let a Snowman Help Your Preschoolers Count
Theme-based learning is an effective way of introducing new skills and practicing old skills in a fun and interesting way. This preschool snowman counting activity is actually a game that can be used to teach number concept and counting. Also given are variations to this game which you can use according to the level of the child. These activities are ideas for children in preschool and kindergarten.
- Thick card paper
- 2 containers
Making the Snowmen
Make little snowman, approximately the size of a matchbox. You can draw small snowmen on a piece of paper, or print them out, glue them on to a thick card and cut them out. Color them, and laminate them, if possible. Make sure you have about 20 – 30 snowmen like this. You can change them up a little by varying the color of their scarves or give them individualized expressions.
Making the Board
On a large piece of paper, draw a picture of a snowy hillside. Draw multiple slopes, groups of trees, houses etc. At different places on the board, make small slits in the paper through which you can insert a toothpick.
Making the Sign Posts
Cut out small circles in the size of a coin or so in thick card. Write numbers from 1 to 10 and laminate them. Tape the back of these circles to one end of a toothpick. You will now have something like a mini signpost. You should be able to insert one end of the toothpick into the slit you made on the board.
Using the Activity
To use this preschool snowman counting activity, place the board on a table or a floor. One child or even a group of children can do this activity. Place all of the snowmen in one container and the toothpicks in another. The teacher places signposts at different places on the board with numbers on them. The children have to look at the number, and place that number of snowmen next to each signpost.
For a variation, the teacher can place a few snowmen, while the children have to find the right signpost and place it next to the snowmen.
For a third variation of this game, you can use a die. Allow the children to take turns rolling the die. The child must say the number on the die, and then pick up that many snowmen and arrange them on the board. To make the game more complicated, you can use a spinner and add larger numbers on it.
These activities encourage the children to count the snowmen, as well as associate the written numeral with the number. Looking to extend the learning? Try these snowman activities. Also available on Bright Hub Education are additional activities that you can use with your winter theme. We invite your own suggestions in the comments section below.