MATH GAMES for CHILDREN UNDER 5
*Childrens appear to be born with an innate understanding of basic laws of mathematics and science. Mathematics is everywhere!
Game #1- Wear It Counts Game
Several ways to do this: Teacher announces-“All who are wearing BUTTONS go to that side of the class. And have a child count those children. After the counting, all sits down. All who have ZIPPERS go to that side of classroom. Find a child to count and sit down. ADD other concepts such as: SHOES on, SNEAKERS on, PANTS on, SOCKS on, etc
Game #2-Clothing Color Match
Same way as Game #1 but use colors.
Game #3-Shapes Found in the Room.
Pick 4 or 5 to do the following: go to something that looks like a square, a triangle, a box shape, a circle and you could use the alphabet to find letters among the room to point to.
Game #4-Tall and Short
Have the group line-up from tallest to shortest. Let the children figure it out.
Game #5-Shoe Sizes-same principle as Game #4
Game #6-Birthdays from January to December.
Let the children line-up and figure it out. Some groups may have 2 or 3 in October, for example, so let them use dates to consider.
Use first names to line-up from A to Z. (Same Principle like Game #6)
#8- Ball Arithmetic
Child uses fingers for the answer after teacher bounces the ball to show you the answer.
#9- Bean Bag Math
Place numbers on the floor. Child tosses beanbag on a number and tells the teacher what the number is. Can do this with two bean bags and add the numbers.
Have children hunt for shapes in a magazine or picture book like something that looks round.
#11- Sitting On A Number
Each child has a number to sit on and one child is picked to guess the number said by the teacher. 3 guesses.
#12- How many of each body parts are there?
If counting the whole class: How many noses? How many eyes, ears, chins, fingers, etc.