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Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with this ice cream counting printable. It’s a perfect addition to an ice cream theme for your preschool students.
Explore Counting and Number Quantities with Math Mats
The Ice Cream Math Mats can be used to teach one-to-one correspondence as well as counting.
This activity will help your student beyond the rote reciting of numbers and help your student to actually count the items as they place them on the mat.
Understanding that each number has a quantity is a skill that gives your student a good math foundation.
Benefits of Hands-on Learning
The Ice Cream Math Mat uses hands-on learning to help your student understand the meaning of counting. When your student looks at the card, she will have to determine how many sprinkles she needs to make and place on the card. Making and moving the playdough sprinkles will engage multiple areas of her brain while she makes new connections.
Hands-on learning also provides these benefits:
- It allows students to use their senses to explore new concepts.
- It improves fine motor skills.
- It allows young learners to make mistakes and problem solve.
Your student can use a variety of manipulatives with this Ice Cream Math Mat. A great choice is playdough. Students will get a fine motor workout when they create little sprinkles to add to the playdough mats.
Another fun choice is real sprinkles! You can also use larger sprinkles that would go on cupcakes or a cake.
How to Get Started with the Ice Cream Counting Printable
The printable Ice Cream Math Mats are easy to use.
- Print the ice cream counting cards.
- Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
- Gather playdough or other manipulatives you want to use.
- Show your student how to use the math mat.
Download the Free Ice Cream Counting Printable
Simply click on the image below to grab your printable Ice Cream Math Mats.
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