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PRESCHOOL LEARNING GAMES

Help preschoolers learn their numbers, do simple arithmetic and begin logical reasoning by using, and then expanding on, the following activities.

The activities are designed to give you an idea of the types of number games you can play with the average preschooler (ages 3 1/2 to 5). After playing these games online continue playing the games at home without the help of your computer. For example, play the "cookie game" at the kitchen table using real cookies, apples, etc.

A great way to play the "wrong numbers game" is to play school with your preschooler. Use a chalkboard to write your number sequences and then call your child to the chalkboard to make corrections. And when you play school, sometimes call an imaginary student to the chalkboard. After calling the imaginary student wait a second and say, "Oh, I'm sorry--that was a great try, but it is not right. Does anyone else want to try?" And then call your child to the chalk board.

The most important thing to remember when teaching a preschooler is that they need positive feedback, even when they make a mistake! Positive feedback simply means being excited for the child.

Preschoolers want to please their parents. They are proud when they do something that makes mom and dad excited or happy. So get excited when the child gets a correct answer. And, get excited when they get a wrong answer too! But after getting a wrong answer explain why their answer was incorrect. For instance...

"That was a really great try!" "You were so close!" VISUALLY SHOW THE SOLUTION AS YOU SAY, "But if you had three cookies..." LAY OUT 3 COOKIES "... and I ate one..." PRETEND TO EAT ONE "... you would only have two cookies left." SHOW CHILD THAT TWO COOKIES REMAIN.

We hope these activities give you additional ideas.


LOOKING AT NUMBERS

INSTRUCTIONS
Have the child click on the following items to visualize numbers.

Tell the preschooler to CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 1!

Tell the preschooler to CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 2!

Tell the preschooler to CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 3!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 4!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 5!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 6!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 7!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 8!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 9!

...CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT 10!


COUNTING

INSTRUCTIONS
Count the following numbers out loud with the preschooler.

Let's count together from 1 to 10!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Tell the preschooler to CLICK HERE TO SEE A PICTURE of 1 TO 10!

Let's count our numbers 1 to 10 backwards from 10 to 1!
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Tell the preschooler to CLICK HERE TO SEE A PICTURE of 10 TO 1!


INSTRUCTIONS
Read the following questions to your preschooler. If necessary, help your child figure out the answer. Have the child click on the answer they think is right.

MISSING NUMBER

I made a mistake with my numbers from 1 to 10!
Count the following numbers out loud, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10
What number is missing?
CLICK ON THE MISSING NUMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

I made a mistake with my numbers from 1 to 10!
Count the following numbers out loud, 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
What number is missing?
CLICK ON THE MISSING NUMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

I made a mistake with my numbers from 1 to 10!
Count the following numbers out loud, 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
What number is missing?
CLICK ON THE MISSING NUMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Let's count together, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10
What number is missing?
CLICK ON THE MISSING NUMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Let's count together, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
What number is missing?
CLICK ON THE MISSING NUMBER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


NUMBER SEQUENCE

I made a mistake with my numbers from 1 to 10.
Count the following numbers out loud, 1 2 3 4 5 7 6 8 9 10.
Which numbers are in the wrong place?
CLICK ON 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

I made a mistake with my numbers from 1 to 10.
Count the following numbers out loud, 1 2 4 3 5 6 7 8 9 10.
Which numbers are in the wrong place?
CLICK ON 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

I made a mistake with my numbers from 1 to 10.
Count the following numbers out loud, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 8 10.
Which numbers are in the wrong place?
CLICK ON 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

Count the following numbers out loud, 2 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.
Which numbers are in the wrong place?
CLICK ON 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

Count the following numbers out loud, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 9.
Which numbers are in the wrong place?
CLICK ON 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10


FIND THE BIGGER NUMBER

Which number is bigger, 2 or 7?
To figure it out, think which you would rather have--2 cookies or 7 cookies?
CLICK ON THE BIGGER NUMBER 2 ... 7

Which number is bigger, 4 or 5?
To figure it out, think which you would rather have--4 cookies or 5 cookies?
CLICK ON THE BIGGER NUMBER 4 ... 5

Which number is bigger, 8 or 9?
To figure it out, think which you would rather have--8 cookies or 9 cookies?
CLICK ON THE BIGGER NUMBER 8 ... 9

Which number is bigger, 1 or 5?
CLICK ON THE BIGGER NUMBER 1 ... 5

Which number is bigger, 3 or 6?
CLICK ON THE BIGGER NUMBER 3 ... 6


ADDING AND SUBTRACTING NUMBERS 1 TO 5

I have 2 cookies, but I eat 1 cookie. How many cookies do I have left?
CLICK ON ANSWER1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

If you had 1 cookie and I gave you 2 more cookies, how many cookies would you have?
CLICK ON ANSWER1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

If you had 2 cookies and I gave you 1 more cookie, how many cookies would you have?
CLICK ON ANSWER1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

If you had 3 cookies and you ate 1 cookie, how many cookies would you have left?
CLICK ON ANSWER1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

I have 3 cookies, but I eat 2 cookies. How many cookies do I have left?
CLICK ON ANSWER1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

You have 4 cookies on your plate. If I put 1 more cookie on your plate, how many cookies would you have on your plate?
CLICK ON ANSWER1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OR 10

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