Calculating up numbers in preschool

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…



  • Susan Case Posted October 24, 2012 8:52 am

    This is great – going to pin it.

  • Heidi Butkus Posted October 24, 2012 9:03 am

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

  • Vicky @ Mess For Less Posted October 24, 2012 6:29 pm

    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!

  • JDaniel4’s Mom Posted October 25, 2012 7:43 am

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

  • Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons Posted October 25, 2012 6:15 pm

    Those big calculators are awesome! Great idea!

  • Esther Posted October 25, 2012 11:34 pm

    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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