One potato, two potato, three potato, four. Who knew that a simple childhood game could help your kindergartener master math? But while it may never occur to your child that he's doing anything more than playing, counting games are a great way to get your kindergartener engaged in math.
Take one-to-one correspondence, an important skill that is mastered in kindergarten. In a nutshell, one-to-one correspondence means children are able to count a group of objects, while touching each object, one at a time. (Kind of like that one potato game...) While this concept might seem obvious, it's more advanced than just counting out loud, which is called "rote counting" because it takes things to the next level-- associating spoken numbers with real objects. Give your child some hands-on practice with what teachers call good ‘number sense’, with this easy activity.
What You Need:
- 11 paper cups
- 55 small objects (like cotton balls, pennies, beans, pasta, jelly beans, screws, or anything else that's fun to touch)