G is for gumball counting in preschool

The children spent time doing a little counting as they played with play dough…

There are many ways to reinforce counting with young children but some of the best ideas engage children through a little exploration, discovery, and play.

The children were invited to roll up play dough to make gumballs on their gumball machine. The letter of the week was the letter G – thus the reason for using a gumball machine.

While this small group of children rolled up their gumballs, the teachers encouraged the children to count the number of gumballs they had made aloud. Other times, the teacher would suggest the number of gumballs to make.

This activity was a simple and relaxed way to integrate the sound of the letter G while promoting fine motor development and counting skills.

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By |2010-10-06T00:05:01+00:00October 6th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

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