Weeding the Garden Preschool Counting Activity

collage of gardening activities with text: Weed the Garden Math Activity for Preschoolers

Counting is such an important early math skill for little kids, which is why I put together this awesome Weed the Garden Math Activity for Preschoolers. It really is a fun way to teach counting and one to one correspondence.

You’re definitely going to want to check it out if you’re looking for math and counting games for your little kids. And of course it would be great for a preschool gardening theme too! 

The little guy had so much fun with last month’s Growing Gardens theme. I seriously couldn’t even believe it and we’re both really looking forward to being Nature Detectives next month.

preschooler pushing craft sticks into play dough
In June, we’ll be doing something a little bit different. Every summer, we do a review of what we’ve learned. The first year, we learned about A to Zoo Animals, the following year was Alphabet Island, and this year it’s all about The Alphabet House.

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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. 

If you’re curious how we took a little of what we found in our Teacher Guide, switched things up quite a bit, and created this fun Weeding the Garden Activity for Preschoolers, then definitely keep reading

Weeding the Garden Activity for Preschoolers

Note: This activity was adapted from one that was included in our Growing Gardens Teacher Guide. 

What you’ll need

  • Play Dough
  • Colored Craft Sticks

Here’s how to do it

  • Roll Play Dough into one large clump and insert the colored craft sticks.
  • Ask your little kids to hand you a particular quantity of one color. For example, “2 blue” or “5 red.”
  • Continue to “weed” the colors until they are all out.

And of course, if you’re looking for other Growing Gardens Activities, you can find them here:  

I couldn’t even tell you what inspired me to get creative with this one other than the fact that the little guy already knows colors and I wanted to practice one-to-one correspondence too. This activity seemed like an awesome way to do just that.

preschooler pressing on play dough with hands
Originally, the Teacher Guide encouraged us to use our pocket cube with the color cards. Instead I decided to do things a little bit differently.

We still set up the activity exactly as described. We rolled the Play Dough into one large clump and inserted the colored craft sticks.

preschooler counting craft sticks while removing them to play dough garden
The Teacher Guide suggested using tweezers to “weed” the colors, but the little guy just grabbed the craft sticks with his hands.

preschooler pulling craft sticks from green play dough
I would tell him how many and what color and he would hand them to me so that I could double-check his work as we counted them again together.

preschooler removing craft sticks from play dough
We continued to play until there were no more colored craft sticks to “weed.” He also played by himself for a while counting the sticks as he pulled them out.

preschooler counting craft sticks in play dough garden
I’m definitely all about being able to take this curriculum and make it work for us. That’s one of the reasons why I love it so much.

Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with The Alphabet House. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time 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. #mgtblogger

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