Fall is all about apples, pumpkins, and leaves. This pumpkin math activity for preschool can be used at home or in the classroom. You can do this number recognition activity using mini pumpkin erasers with your kids. Enjoy watching your child practice their fine motor skills picking up the pumpkin erasers and placing them on the fall pumpkin printable. This pumpkin math activity for preschool is perfect for number recognition, one to one correspondence (i.e., matching sets, or knowing which group has four and which has five), identifying more or less quantity, and counting verbally.
Pumpkin Math Activity for Preschoolers
My boys love the little mini erasers so we figured out a way to put them to good use with this number recognition activity. This activity does not require a lot of prep, it is simple to set up and the kiddos will love it. You can use the pumpkin math activity with your preschoolers or kindergartener and expect it to be a hit! Both of my boys enjoyed practicing their numbers and counting with this pumpkin math printable!
Pumpkin math activity materials
- To prepare this game I first printed the mat on white cardstock. You can laminate the game for durability but a plastic page protector would also work.
- Pumpkin erasers or even orange pom poms would work. *Safety note: erasers are small so only use with children who will not put them in their mouths and always supervise.
Directions for the pumpkin math activity
Gather the pumpkin erasers in a cup.
Let the child put the pumpkin erasers on the vine to match the numeral above the vine. If the child doesn’t get it right, gently help them.
Repeat this activity for any numbers your child is having trouble recognizing. This activity makes the perfect activity for a math center and is also perfect to play at home to solidify the recognition that written numbers correspond to a number with a physical value.
Tips for this fall activity for preschoolers
This type of math activity makes learning fun for kids, while not feeling like you are pressuring the child to learn. Many young children in preschool and even in kindergarten have trouble learning how to count objects individually. This fall pumpkin activity provides preschoolers a chance to develop their one-to-one correspondence skill while also practicing number recognition. As an added bonus, think about the fine motor skills practice they are getting!
Extension Ideas for the Pumpkin Math Activity
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If you want to further the number recognition practice, try these ideas to extend the learning. There are a lot of opportunities to use the language of math with this pumpkin math activity.
- Count how many more pumpkins different vines have
- Ask the child if a vine has more or less pumpkins
- Ask the child to identify the number 3, find the 7, etc.
- Read the 10 Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book
- Go to the pumpkin patch and count pumpkins
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What really matters is that the child is exploring, learning and having fun through what the season offers! This pumpkin math activity for preschoolers is a fun way to bring math into the season!
So are you ready for some math fun?
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