G is for gumball counting in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 6, 2010

in Cognitive Development, Creative Art, Letter Recognition, Mathematics, Physical Development, play Dough, The Value of Play

The children spent time doing a little counting as they played with play dough…

There are many ways to reinforce counting with young children but some of the best ideas engage children through a little exploration, discovery, and play.

The children were invited to roll up play dough to make gumballs on their gumball machine. The letter of the week was the letter G – thus the reason for using a gumball machine.

While this small group of children rolled up their gumballs, the teachers encouraged the children to count the number of gumballs they had made aloud. Other times, the teacher would suggest the number of gumballs to make.

This activity was a simple and relaxed way to integrate the sound of the letter G while promoting fine motor development and counting skills.

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