Kindergarten Math Counting Activities

Teaching math concepts to kindergartners can be confusing at times for the students. To ease students confusion, always use math manipulatives when doing kindergarten counting activities. Teach math activities that the children will enjoy as well as activities that provide hands-on experience.

  1. Rote Counting Activities

    • When children are in kindergarten, they will need to learn how to rote count. By the end of kindergarten, the students should be able to count to 100, count backwards from 100, count by fives and by twos. Within your classroom, allow for opportunities for the students to count together, or choral counting. Choral counting fits well into your morning meeting time. Change each day how you are going to count so that your students can practice each way. When counting by ones, either forwards or backwards, use a number line and point to each number while reciting it. The students need to see the number as well as hear the number's name. When counting by fives or twos, use a hundreds chart. While you are using the hundreds chart, you can highlight the numbers you want the student to say. Visually, students understand skip counting, counting by fives or twos, when it is done on a hundreds chart.

    One-to-One Counting

    • Students will need plenty of opportunities to practice one-to-one counting, as they will need to master one-to-one correspondence. Give the students a set number of buttons that they will need to count out at their desks. Put items into little plastic bags and have the students take the items out of the bags and count. When it is around a holiday time, bring in items relating to the holiday to count, such as candy corn in October. Develop centers that have the children counting items and recording their findings.

    Estimate Jar Counting

    • Students love having an estimate jar in the classroom. You will need to determine how often you would like to use the estimate jar -- weekly or daily. The jar is a small container that is either glass or see-through plastic, and you can place 25 items or fewer each time. Each time the jar is changed, place it out for the students in the morning to begin making guesses as to how many things are in the jar. When at the morning meeting, ask students for guesses and record their answers. Talk about what would be an appropriate guess, such as it can't be 1,000 marshmallows, because 1,000 marshmallows wouldn't fit into the jar. After you have had several estimates, empty the jar and count the items together.

    Question of the Day Counting

    • Every day in your kindergarten classroom, have a question for the students to answer. Questions can be yes/no questions as well as multiple-choice questions. Each morning have the students place their name on the chart underneath the answer they have chosen. At the morning meeting you can have many math applications with the question of the day. Students begin to see how graphing works, as you are creating a graph each morning.

      You can ask the students to count all the children that selected, "yes." Children can make estimates for the answer. When you have chosen multiple- choice questions, the students can add two numbers together to practice adding skills.

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