Teach little kids important math skills with this quick & easy Sick Animals Subitizing Activity for Preschoolers & Kindergartners! You’re definitely going to want to check it out!
We’re still working on our Baby Animals theme and today we adapted one of the Investigation Stations to create a really awesome Sick Animals Subitizing Activity for Preschoolers & Kindergartners.
Subitizing is an important skill for little kids and it basically just means that they can look at a set of objects and determine the quantity without actually having to count them.
Because of the dot patterns, using dice is a great way to practice this particular math skill in everyday life.
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If you’ve been around for a while, then you already know that we’re using Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for preschool homeschool and it’s been such a huge blessing to us. This month we were thrilled to receive one of the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebooks too!
Sick Animals Preschool Investigation Station
This activity was adapted from our Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) Teacher Guide. The original activity used cube cards 1-6 and a pocket cube.
Because I was looking to work on the concept of subitizing with my kindergartner, I decided to use regular dice instead.
What you’ll need
- Animal Figurines
- Bowl of Water
Here’s how to do it
- Set out a bowl of water, the syringe, and various other droppers or basters.
- Invite children to explore squirting water with the syringes.
- Pretend the animals are sick.
- Invite children to take turns rolling the dice to see how many animals need medicine.
- Line up that many animals on the tray then apply “medicine” to each.
- Did the child count aloud as he gave the animals their “medicine?” How high did the child count?
The little guy is a kindergartner this year, so I decided to switch things up with this activity and make it more of a challenge for him. I decided to give him regular dice (just one to get started) and have him roll it and practice subitizing to determine how many animals needed “medicine.”
At one point when he rolled the dice, I instructed him to get 3 ml of water in the syringe and split it evenly between the six animals that needed “medicine.”
We of course worked together to figure out how much “medicine” each animal would get.
And let’s not forget that we had t0 bathe the animals too!
I love that this wonderful preschool curriculum is so easy to adapt and that my kindergartner still loves it just as much as the day we opened our very first little yellow school bus box almost four years ago.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Baby Animals theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.
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