Preschool Math: Counting Fun with Ping Pong Balls

My kids are always counting. Games of hide and seek are a frequent occurrence in our house. I noticed that my two year old sometimes got her numbers confused when counting, so I created a Preschool Math game that would help with numerical order, number recognition and even fine motor skills. Plus it involves water which just makes everything so much more fun when you’re a kid.
You will need:

  • Large bowl
  • Ping pong balls
  • Permanent marker
  • Spoon
  • Plastic paint tray or an egg carton

Preschool math, ping pong ball math
The first thing you need to do is write the numbers 1-12 on some ping pong balls using your permanent marker.

Drop your balls in the bowl and fill it with water.

Ask your child to use a spoon to scoop out the balls in numerical order starting with the number 1.
counting fun, ping pong ball math
This is more challenging than you might think as they then have to transfer to ball to a paint tray. An empty egg carton would work for this purpose as well.

The kids had fun placing the balls in the right order on the tray. Since I have three kids, they each took turns scooping a number and placing it on the tray. They have also done this preschool math activity individually where one child got to scoop all the numbers out in order. It’s a fun way to practice numbers. This would be a great outdoor activity as well where you could spread out the trays from the bowl so that kids would have to walk and balance the ball on the spoon. Hey, I think I just created a new activity for when the weather warms up!
Math for preschoolers
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