Math Games {Preschool}: Basic Shapes Counting Game

Math games make learning fun.  Here’s a fun way to work with basic shapes while practicing counting. In the end, this fun counting game will make a cool piece of art.

Kids Activities Blog likes this game because it combines rolling dice (kids love this!), counting, shapes, colors, and art – all in one!

Math games for Preschoolers: Counting game to make a collage

Math Games

My son has been enjoying math games lately especially if they involve dominoes,  dice, or truffula trees. I wanted to create a new dice game that practiced shapes and allowed for a bit of creative expression.

I asked Aiden if he wanted to use paper shapes or felt shapes.  He chose felt. Here’s how to set this game up.

Supplies You Need

  • various colors of felt {or paper} to cut into shapes
  • at least one large piece of felt to use as a background {you can also use paper}
  • dice {1 or 2}
  • scissors
  • glue {optional}

Basic Shapes

  1. Cut out different shapes in various colors and sizes. You can have your child help with this {or at least try depending on his skill level}.
  2. Separate the shapes into piles.
  3. Place the large piece of felt down next to all of the sorted shapes. This is the background for the collage.

Counting Game

Have your child do the following:

  1. Select a shape.
  2. Roll a die.
  3. Count the dots on the die.
  4. Place that number of the chosen shape onto the large piece of felt {anywhere your child wants}.
  5. Select another shape {or the same shape}, roll, and add shapes to the background.
  6. Continue until you run out of shapes or your child considers the collage finished.
  7. Take a picture of the completed work. {optional}
  8. Remove the shapes and play again.

Counting Game for Preschoolers {Math Games}

Preschool Math

This was Aiden’s “finished” piece. He added the large green square on the right towards the end. Notice how it hangs off the background felt. {There are no rules to process based art.}

If you are using paper instead of felt, it might help to glue down the shapes as you add them. Felt sticks to felt so it’s less likely the shapes will move around. Paper is another story – especially as you add more and more shapes.

More Kids Activities

What are your child’s favorite math games?  Learning basic shapes, colors, and counting are important skills for young preschoolers.  For more math and counting kids activities, you may be interested in some of these great ideas:

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  1. So glad I found this blog! I’m a single mom to a 3 year old beauty and I’m always trying to find creative ways to make learning fun! She’s already so smart and I totally want to encourage that! This blog will be a major help! 🙂 Big hearts!

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  3. Love this! You’ve inspired me for my “Fun Friday” activity. I watch several kiddos after school, so we’ll plan do do this as a whole group. It should be interesting to see how different each kiddo makes theirs. Also, I’m doing it with paper instead of felt since it’s cheaper. Lastly, I plan to use 2 dice. 1 for the numbers and 1 for the names of the shapes. That way I can incorporate reading, too. Such a fun idea. Thanks for posting!

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