January 24th, 2014 by JM Guest Blogger

Clothespin Math - Preschool Math Activity

Clothespin Math Game - This preschool math activity is easy to make at home and even lets kids practice their fine motor skills.

I was in the grocery store recently and happened upon these brightly colored clothespins. I just loved them and knew I could use them for an activity. You don’t need to have colored clothespins for this preschool math activity. Any clothespins you have on hand will work.

You will need:

  • Clothespins
  • 6 paint cups or other sturdy cups
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape

Simple math game to make with clothespins

I used six paint cups for this activity. You will need a sturdy cup so that it doesn’t tip over when your child clips on the clothespins. On slips of paper write some different numbers. The numbers you use will depend on your child’s level. If your child is just starting to count and recognize numbers, then you will want to stick with smaller numerals. We used some bigger numbers. Just make sure you have enough clothespins for all the cups.

Clothespin sorting

Your child will be reading the number on the cup and clipping the correct number of clothespins on to the cup.

Learning numbers with clothespins

In addition to being a learning game, clothespin math is an opportunity for kids to work on their fine motor skills. Repeatedly opening clothespins
Fine motor skills practice with kids

My daughter had a great time with this game. She counted each clothespin as she clipped it on the cup and then when she thought she was done, she went back and counted just to make sure.
Clothespin math game

She also had to do a bit of pre-planning. For cups that had larger numbers on them, she needed to make sure to place the clothespins on close together so she would have room for them all.
Playing with clothespins

This math activity was a big hit and my daughter even thought the cup with the pins looked like a crown. Typical for a Princess obsessed kid.
fun with clothespins

For more preschool math activities that you can make at home check out:
Toilet Paper Knock Down Color Drop Game
Fun Math Games: Toilet Paper Knock Down - We all have toilet paper. Now you can use it to help kids learn math and other concepts. From www.messforless.net #math #kids #gross-motor

Vicky

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