Super Simple Addition Activities – Math for Kids

Math for kids doesn’t have to be worksheets and drills! Check out this fun way to explore simple addition activities.

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Math for Kids

My preschooler knows hers numbers and can count up to a bazillion, but it’s mostly memorization at this point. To reinforce the concept that each number has a value – not just a name – and to introduce her to thinking about addition and subtraction, we play this colorful math for kids activity with Do-A-Dot Markers.

do-a-dot markers

Materials for Do-A-Dot Math:

  • Markers
  • Paper

If you don’t have Do-A-Dot Markers on hand, using regular markers or crayons would work just fine.

Simple Addition Activities

First, either set up your “worksheets” or do this part together and ask your child to stamp the corresponding number of dots to the numeral you’ve written on the worksheet.

math for kids addition with do-a-dot

Then, for the addition problems, have your child stamp the  number of dots at the end of the equation.  She can stamp along each of the dots in the equation counting aloud or simply stamp the sum if she doesn’t need the extra step.  Don’t write in the answer until she’s tried to solve the problem herself.

Simple Subtraction Activities

For the subtraction problems, ask your child to draw a line through the vertically matched up dots in the equation and see what’s left: that’s the answer!

math for kids subtraction with do-a-dot

 This is an example of a worksheet we created together where my daughter chose the the numbers as we went along.

do-a-dot markers and math for kids

Easy as 1-2-3!

Math for kids is the most fun when it involves hands-on kids activities like Do-A-Dot Markers.  What simple, homemade math games do you recommend for a preschooler?

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Chrissy shares play & learning activities for toddlers and preschoolers, baking & craft ideas for parents, and her unconventional parenting thoughts at The Outlaw Mom (TM) Blog. You can also find her debating about work-life balance at The Verdict and turning traditional thoughts on their head at Think Inside The Box.