How to Teach Numbers and Number Sense to Preschoolers

What’s a fun way to teach numbers? There are many! Figuring out how to teach numbers and counting might seem challenging at first but I’ve got you covered with strategies, activities, printables, and preschool worksheets you’ll love.

translucent dice with text overlay: How to Teach Numbers & Number SenseWith these hands-on activities, printables, songs, and games, your preschoolers will master counting and number recognition in no time at all. Plus, they’ll have fun building other important early learning skills too.

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Keep reading to discover my favorite tips for teaching numbers. You’ll get the scoop on resources we love. Plus, get my awesome printable counting notebooks to help you teach number recognition, counting, and other important number sense skills to your kids this year too.

How to Teach Numbers to Preschoolers

Teaching numbers to preschoolers helps build a strong foundation in math. It can be a challenge, but there are lots of fun ways to help your little learners master numbers and counting in preschool. Here are some of my favorite ways to teach numbers:

Use Number Rhymes and Counting Songs

Counting songs and number rhymes are an easy way to help preschoolers practice the concept of counting. There are all kinds of cute counting songs you can sing with your preschoolers this year! Here are some of our favorites:

One, Two, I Love You
Ten in the Bed
The Ants Go Marching
Sally the Camel
Here is the Beehive

Count All Day

A big part of making your little learners aware of numbers is counting with them each day. There are all kinds of fun ways to incorporate counting into your daily tasks! You can try some of my children’s favorite counting activities to get started:

  • Count articles of clothing as you transfer them from the washer to the dryer
  • Count stepping stones or pavers in the garden or at the park
  • Countdown to lights out at bedtime for a fun backward counting routine
  • Count the steps as you go up or down stairs in your home
  • Count snack items like blueberries, baby carrots, or crackers

Number Seek and Find Game

Kids love scavenger hunts and seeking games! You can take advantage of their affinity to teach numbers to your preschoolers too. Invent a number seeking game, now that’s a preschool homeschool idea that’s perfect for a rainy day! Here’s how it works:

Instruct your preschoolers to search for a certain number. For example, ask them to find the number 3.

Kids search the room or your home for a set of 3 objects. You can make it more challenging by giving them a specific object to find or test their sorting abilities by saying things like “find 3 square items.” It’s a great way to practice recognizing shapes and colors too.

A fun variation of this game would be to use it to practice number identification skills. In this version, hide notecards with numbers written on them or number flashcards around the room. Then, ask your preschoolers to find a certain number.

Strategies for Teaching Number Recognition

I have a super easy strategy for teaching number recognition to preschoolers. You’re going to love it because it’s low prep and uses supplies you probably already have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pipe cleaners or chenille straws
  • Beads of your choice
  • Dice and foam numbers (optional)

You can begin by letting your preschooler roll the die to reveal a number. Count the dots together and show your little learner the corresponding foam number. This is a great way to practice one-to-one correspondence, counting, and number recognition.

Then, have your preschooler thread the correct number of beads onto a chenille straw. It’s excellent fine motor practice too! This simple activity has several opportunities to practice counting, number recognition, subitizing, and more.

This simple counting activity is how to teach a wide variety of early numeracy skills to your little learners this year. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

How to Teach the Concept of Counting

Are you looking for easy ways to teach your preschoolers to count? These preschool homeschool ideas are some of my favorite ways to teach the concept of counting.

How Old Are You?

For many of us, our first exposure to numbers and counting came from answering that simple question. Teaching numbers to preschoolers can begin here too. Teach your little learners to say their age and hold up the corresponding fingers.

Model Counting

Our children learn to walk, talk, and feed themselves by modeling our behavior. In fact, it’s how they learn all kinds of things (even things we don’t want them to learn). You can model counting to teach your preschoolers all about numbers and counting too.

Model counting at the grocery store as you choose apples from the produce section. Count aloud while holding up apples. “One apple, two apples…” Model counting at home as you do any number of household tasks with your little learners.

Play with Counting Toys

There are all kinds of great toys that encourage early numeracy skills and counting. You can use these toys in your classroom or a homeschool setting. Check out some of our favorites for some great ideas:

  • Abacus
  • Manipulatives
  • Pop Beads
  • Ten Frames

There are tons of toys and games you probably already have in your home that will help your preschoolers build important early numeracy skills too. Share your favorites in the comments. I can’t wait to read them!

Teaching Numbers with Counting Notebooks

In addition to all these preschool homeschool ideas and resources, I’ve put together printable counting notebooks you can use for teaching numbers in your homeschool this year too. These counting notebooks are perfect for practicing number recognition, tracing and writing numbers, counting, subitizing, and of course one-to-one correspondence. 

Grab my printable Counting Notebooks to teach numbers to your little learners and practice counting this year too.

More Fun Ways to Teach Numbers and Counting

If you love using my counting notebooks to teach numbers and counting this year, you should definitely check out these other printable preschool activities and worksheets too. These no-prep printables are a lot of fun and filled with learning opportunities:

Color by Number Worksheets

I love color by number worksheets because they’re a really fun way to sneak in lots of extra learning with your preschoolers this year.

Color by number worksheets help preschoolers practice fine motor skills, color recognition, and concentration while learning to recognize and identify numbers too. I’ve got tons of fun color by number worksheets for your preschoolers to explore!

Clip Card Activities

My printable clip cards are an easy way to have hands-on learning fun with your preschoolers all year long. Just print these pages on heavy paper, grab some clothespins, and you’re ready to teach numbers to your preschoolers right at home.

Clip card activities build fine motor skills, strong finger muscles, number recognition, and counting skills too.

Counting Worksheets

In addition to counting notebooks and all kinds of printable numeracy activities, these easy counting worksheets for preschoolers are filled with cute clip art to match your child’s interests and all kinds of preschool themes. Plus, they’re perfect for teaching numbers and counting.

So what’s your favorite way to practice counting and teach numbers to your preschoolers? Share your favorite resources, books, games, and songs in the comments. I can’t wait to read them and try some with my preschoolers too!

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