Calculating up numbers in preschool

We are always exploring numbers in the classroom but this was an activity that really captured our students attention…

My students love to explore electronics and so before school began, I picked up a bunch of these large button calculators from the Dollar Store…

I set out the calculators, small clipboards, chart paper and pencils for the children to explore…

Before the children began, I showed them where the on and off buttons were. We practiced hitting on and off so the children could clear the numbers when they wanted to start over.   The chart paper was for the children to look at the numbers on their screen and see if they can write one of them on their chart while they played with the calculators…

Oh my goodness, my students loved playing with the calculators and I don’t think I ever saw so much attention spent on writing numbers than on this particular day…

There was no right or wrong in the process, just a way to explore numbers, the writing process, and the calculators.  We started this towards the end of our day and the children played until it was time to put coats on. Some of the children kept on writing long after they were supposed to get coats on. Talk about engaged, these kids were engaged….

Super simple way to bring numbers into the classroom experience…


By |2012-10-24T06:00:29+00:00October 24th, 2012|

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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.


  1. Susan Case October 24, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    This is great – going to pin it.

  2. Heidi Butkus October 24, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Rock on, Deborah! Great idea!!!!
    Heidi Butkus

  3. Vicky @ Mess For Less October 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Another great idea Deborah! I am going to try and find these at my dollar store. The big buttons are great for kids. Pinning this!

  4. JDaniel4's Mom October 25, 2012 at 7:43 am - Reply

    What a great way to work on numbers! I love the big calculators.

  5. Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons October 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Those big calculators are awesome! Great idea!

  6. Esther October 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    love the idea of using calculators with the kids and I love the way u added “Teach preschool” on the Calculator image(first image):-)

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