I developed the roll and color preschool math format, after noticing my students were losing the ability to subitize after Kindergarten. I developed preschool/pre-K curriculum for the daycare I ran at home. I am formally trained as an early childhood educator and paraprofessional. I noticed that most preschool curriculum focused on reading, but not much on math. While I was focused on hands on math activities, I needed a worksheet that would be fun but introduce written math.
How to play this game:
Make sure each student has: The math game page, and coloring tools.
To see who takes the first turn, each student rolls the die. The player with the highest number goes first.
Turns are taken in a clockwise direction.
When a player rolls the die, they color the section of the picture that matches the number that was rolled.
If the number has been rolled already, the student passes their turn.
There is no winner really. The goal is to complete the coloring of the picture.
Note: We use a big foam dice from the dollar store. The students don't have to worry about dropping the die, throwing it too hard, or losing it.
Benefits of this math game format:
Children will learn several vital skills while having fun!
Kids will build visual discrimination while playing this game.
Kids learn improve their subitizing skills when playing this game. Subitizing means that one knows the number of a group of objects without actually having to count.
Kids practice working memory while playing this game. That's because the game requires the same repeated steps:
Children have to remember what the number of the dice is,
Find the matching amount on the page,
Color that amount.
Other benefits of this math game:
Children can help each other find the number on the page and they enjoy playing together. Children also can learn their colors while playing this game
We read The Very Impatient Caterpillar book and watched the video to add a literacy component with this game.