Set up a simple invitation to practice math skills such as number recognition, counting, and 1:1 correspondence with two materials-- pony beads and pipe cleaners. This math activity is a great way for your child to strengthen those fine motor skills, too as your child threads beads onto the pipe cleaner numbers. It is a great activity for your preschool or kindergarten aged child!post contains affiliate links.
To prep the activity, you'll need:
Hands-on Preschool Math
Either prep the pipe cleaner numbers prior to your child using the tray, or work alongside your child creating the pipe cleaner numbers together. Bend and twist the pipe cleaners into the numbers 0-9. If necessary, cut the pipe cleaners with scissors. This is great practice to strengthen fine motor skills!
Once the pipe cleaners have been shaped into numbers, set out a small bowl of pony beads.
Encourage your child to thread a certain number of beads on each pipe cleaner number. Some numbers may be a bit tricky, like number 8-- you will need to unwrap the pipe cleaner a bit to thread the beads on the number.
Continue until all the pipe cleaner numbers have a corresponding amount of pony beads.
Once done, work on addition, odd/ even numbers, subtraction, etc!
Such a simple and playful way to explore math!