# Pompom Number Toss Activity

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Updated on Aug 29, 2013

Wish your new student would develop a love for math? Play this fun number competition to help! Players toss pompoms into an empty ice tray with numbers in each compartment, then identify the number of the compartments their pompoms landed in. It's a fun way for your child to learn numbers, how to count, and perhaps even get a head start on addition!

### What You Need:

• Old ice tray
• Sharpie markers
• Pompoms (about 1/2" in diameter)
• Paper and pencil

### What You Do:

For preschoolers and kindergarteners:

1. Use a sharpie to write the numbers 0 through 10 randomly in the bottom of each compartment of the ice tray. It's okay if some numbers show up more than once, as long as every compartment has a number at the bottom.
2. Select two players and help each player count out 5 pompoms, this should be enough for five rounds.
3. Have the first player toss one pompom into the tray. Remove the pompom and have her identify the number underneath; encourage her to memorize the number.
4. Then the next player goes and does the same thing. Then have both players figure out which number is the higher number by counting to ten.
5. The player with the higher number is the winner of the round! Play for five rounds, and whoever wins the most rounds is the winner of the game. There's no need to stop playing after round five if kids are having a fun time! Keep continue playing for as long as they want! This game helps with number recognition, which will be an important skill in kindergarten.
6. Your child can also play this game by herself for practice counting and identifying numbers.