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Pre K Math – Count and Add the Hair Free Printables

 

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This Pre K math activity is a great hands on and visual way to learn how to count and do simple addition. Learn more about how to easily set this up, how to get the free printables, and how this game will get your preschooler on track to understanding some important basic math skills!

A Hands On Pre K Math Activity

This fun and easy-to-create activity for kids is a great way to work on math and counting. Once they start realizing that it’s possible to have fun and learn at the same time, they’re going to love adding on more and more hairs to count.

This is such a visual and tactile experience. Using simple materials you have in the home for hair, like toothpicks, pasta, and pegs – makes this activity budget friendly and hands on! This means that in just a few short minutes, your little one will be having a blast! (and learning!)

Plus, we made it even easier with a free printable that does all the hard work for you. Read on to get it!

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

One Way to Set Up This Pre K Math Activity

This fun counting game is an excellent way for your child to learn the early math concepts of counting and simple addition. One way to set it up is on a vertical surface. Vertical surfaces will improve should strength, encourage crossing the midline, and benefits extending attention span! However, even on a flat surface, this game is, no doubt, a fun way for them to engage their hands and minds simultaneously.

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One Way to Set Up This Pre K Math Activity

This fun counting game is an excellent way for your child to learn the early math concepts of counting and simple addition. One way to set it up is on a vertical surface. Vertical surfaces will improve should strength, encourage crossing the midline, and benefits extending attention span! However, even on a flat surface, this game is, no doubt, a fun way for them to engage their hands and minds simultaneously.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Encourage Creativity and Imagination

One of the best things about this number activity is that you can easily change it up. This makes it fun for various ages and also keeps kids interested and engaged longer. There are 2 different printables available. For toddlers and young preschoolers, you should begin with the printable that is all about counting and number recognition. Older preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy the printable all about simple addition.

There are so many different ways you can play with this printable. We experimented with both vertical and horizontal surfaces as well as switching up the materials we used as the hair. Spaghetti noodles could be fun, ribbon might be great, or anything else that your little one brainstorms on and wants to use. Note: pipe cleaners were heavy on the adhesive paper, so either make sure you have really strong sticky paper, or use something lighter like ribbons or toothpicks!

Materials 

  • Tape
  • Loose Parts to use as hair (for example: pasta, ribbon, pegs, pipe cleaners, etc.)

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On the non-sticky side of a strip of adheisve paper, tape the printable. You can cut out the people or leave it in the printable page. 

Step 2

For a vertical surface, tape the adhesive paper to the wall, sticky side up.

Step 3

Provide loose parts for your children to add as hair to the people. If doing a vertical surface, use something light! Even the pipe cleaners were a bit too heavy and had to be repositioned!

Step 1

On the non-sticky side of a strip of adheisve paper, tape the printable. You can cut out the people or leave it in the printable page.

Step 2

For a vertical surface, tape the adhesive paper to the wall, sticky side up.

Step 3

Provide loose parts for your children to add as hair to the people. If doing a vertical surface, use something light! Even the pipe cleaners were a bit too heavy and had to be repositioned!

Grab This Free Pre K Math Printable!

Grown up are busy, and I understand we don’t all have time to draw a bunch of people and create a DIY version of this! So I’ve made it super simple for you with these free worksheets for you to print out and use! 

The Count the Hair printable is all about number recognition and is great for toddlers and young preschoolers who are beginning to recognize their numbers and count sequentially!

The Add the Hair printable is great for older preschoolers and kindergarteners who have a stronger ability to recognize numbers and are ready to start adding them together!

Make sure that you don’t miss out on our Number Parking Lot and our Count the Pizza Toppings Game, too!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of Pre K Math

This activity is excellent for combining hands-on learning with early math skills.

Your child will be able to identify numbers fast for repetition and how to problem solve quickly, too. While this hair activity is quite fun, there are excellent educational benefits as well. It helps your child with number recognition, counting sequentially, one to one correspondence, and simple addition.

This then leads to more math learning, such as asking your child what number comes next or working on even larger addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems.

math activity for pre k adding hair

There is also an excellent benefit for your child of working on their fine motor skills with this fun activity as children pick up small objects and use hand-eye coordination to place them on top of the heads.

math activity for pre k adding hair

The Educational Benefits of Pre K Math

This activity is excellent for combining hands-on learning with early math skills.

Your child will be able to identify numbers fast for repetition and how to problem solve quickly, too. While this hair activity is quite fun, there are excellent educational benefits as well. It helps your child with number recognition, counting sequentially, one to one correspondence, and simple addition.

This then leads to more math learning, such as asking your child what number comes next or working on even larger addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems.

There is also an excellent benefit for your child of working on their fine motor skills with this fun activity as children pick up small objects and use hand-eye coordination to place them on top of the heads.

Store-Bought Early Math Games

Here are my top picks for the best early math games you can buy!

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

Wooden Math Board

This handcrafted learning resource is great for learning counting and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20.

Wooden Number Blocks

These wooden blocks resemble numbers and grow with your child’s advancing math skills. It also includes a math guide and activity cards.

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