Sick Animals Subitizing Activity for Preschoolers & Kindergartners

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! 

collage of animal activity images with text: Sick Animals Subitizing ActivityWe’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. 

child using syringe to squirt animal manipulatives with water
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.  

child squirting hippo manipulative with water
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

child squirting elephant manipulative with water
This month we were thrilled to receive one of the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebooks too!

child using syringe to squirt water onto animal manipulatives
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.  

colorful animal manipulatives lined up on tray next to dice
What you’ll need

  • Animal Figurines
  • Dice
  • Syringe
  • Bowl of Water 
  • Tray

child filling syringe with water from bowl
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out a bowl of water, the syringe, and various other droppers or basters. 

child squirting water onto tray
Explore

  • 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. 

child squirting water onto colorful animal manipulatives using syringe
Observe

  • Did the child count aloud as he gave the animals their “medicine?” How high did the child count?  

child squirting water on colorful animal manipulatives during sick animals subitizing activity
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.” 

child exploring animal manipulatives on tray during sick animals subitizing activity
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.”

child dipping animal manipulative into bowl of water
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! 

child squirting animal manipulative with water
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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As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger

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