This deliciously sweet math activity for preschoolers teaches counting skills and number recognition. It also naturally develops fine motor skills.
This activity was inspired by our fabulous Mom Explores Book Club selection, “If You Give A Moose A Muffin,” by Laura Numeroff. By now, I’m sure you know how these types of books go. They start with innocent activities, such as a moose eating a muffin and quickly spiral out of control. Soon the moose is doing all kids of crazy outlandish things, until eventually he remembers that all he wanted to do was eat that muffin. This book provides fun and silly entertainment for kids of all ages.
Counting Strawberries: Number Recognition And Counting Game
Materials: (affiliate links below)
- Counting Strawberries Printable
- printer paper or card stock
- If You Give A Moose A Muffin (optional)
- red glass beads (optional)
Print the poor lonely topping-less muffin. Then, cut out the strawberry counters and number cards that are included in the printable. If the flat paper is too hard for your child to grasp, you can you red glass beads, instead of the paper strawberries. Either either way, you will be achieving the same goal: building counting skills.
Lay the muffin, counters and number cards out on the table where they will be easily accessible. Shuffle the numbers and place them in a pile. You can add a little bit of mystery, by placing the numbers upside-down. Then, have your child draw a number card and say the number aloud. This provides an opportunity to practice number recognition.
Related Read: Guess The Missing Number Game
After reading the number, use the counters to place to that many strawberries on top of the muffin. This provides an opportunity to practice counting skills. Your child will also be using fine motor skills, by using their fingers to pick up the glass beads or paper strawberries.
Related Read: Snowman Counting Clip Cards
After counting out the correct number of strawberries, clear the card and draw another number to play again. To add a fun twist to the game, use 2 players by taking turns drawing the cards.
Happy learning! (more great “If You Give A Moose A Muffin” activities below)
More Great Activities For “If You Give A Moose A Muffin”:
Moose Puppets, by Ali at Southwest Florida
Printable Chore Chart, by Gina at Orlando