We made some craft flowers and picked some flowers from our backyard for this Roll to Fill Counting Game. It’s so simple to setup and my daughter loved it so much! Play it too! Plus, free number flashcards! Yay!
My daughter (almost 3yo) is more into learning numbers than she is letters. One day she just decided to point to some numbers and ask me what they were.
And she sure loves to count. I am so awestruck that she can count to 13.
Maybe she is going to be really awesome at math. I don’t know.
So, today, I decided to combine a few of her favorite things (flowers, numbers and sticking things in buckets).
She wanted to play this game over and over and over again. So, it was a hit at our house.
I, of course, had to make some craft flowers with her. But, you can totally skip that part and just use real flowers like we did too. Or cut some off an artificial bouquet. Heck! Combine all three (craft, real and artificial) and make it a sensory activity too.
And what’s great about this game is you don’t have to use flowers. It can be whatever your preschooler is into (cars, blocks, balls, puzzle pieces, crayons, the list can go on forever).
Pick what interests your preschooler, and the game will keep going. Yay!
Roll to Fill Counting Game – Craft Flower Materials
- egg carton
- pink paper
- green paint
- foam brush
Roll to Fill Counting Game – Craft Flower Instructions
Step One. Cut the middle pieces off an egg carton.
Step Two. Setup your preschooler’s paint station. I laid down butcher paper, the egg carton pieces, a dab of green paint and a foam brush. Have her paint the egg carton pieces green. Let them dry.
Step Three. Cut circles out of the pink paper. Have your preschooler crinkle them up.
Step Four. Place rolled up tape in the inside of the egg carton pieces. I would have used glue, if our egg carton pieces didn’t have holes at both ends.
Step Five. Lay the pink circles flat, pinch the bottoms and push into the egg carton pieces.
You have craft flowers for the game! We then, went outside and cut some fresh flowers and leaves so we had enough items to fill our basket for the game.
Roll to Fill Counting Game – Materials
- small basket
- flowers (craft, real, artificial or all 3)
Roll to Fill Counting Game – Instructions
Step One. Parent/Teacher roll the dice first to demonstrate the game. Whatever number the dice lands on, count the dots with your preschooler. Then, grab that many flowers (one by one) and count them into the basket.
Step Two. Have your preschooler try.
Step Three. Take turns. Whoever fills the basket first, wins!
What Your Preschooler Learns During the Game
This is a preschool math activity. Your preschooler is learning how many items can fill something up. In this case: How many flowers can fill up the basket.
To make it a number recognition activity, set out number flashcards (1-6). I have FREE Number Flash Cards. So, if you don’t have any, download the printable, laminate the page and cut them out! Whoo hoo! Number flash cards! Play the game as instructed. But add the following step: have your preschooler point to the number flash card that matches the dots on the dice.
It’s also a fine motor activity. Your preschooler has to pinch a flower and move it into a bucket. Fine motor skills are important to develop for when they start to learn to write.
It’s a sensory activity too! Your preschooler can feel each different type of flower (craft, real and artificial), and describe what each one feels like.
And she learns to take turns. Since, she is playing with you (she can even play with a friend once she is familiar with the game), she has to wait for you to take your turn before she can take her turn.
I hope you have so much fun with this Flower Roll and Fill Counting Game!
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