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Learning to count is a fun skill for toddlers and preschoolers. They love to count things throughout their day, whether it is cheerios at breakfast, leaves on the sidewalk, or dots on their pants. To encourage this skill, make this fun counting game for preschoolers, incorporating fine motor skills and creativity as well!

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What You Need:

  • Construction paper of multiple colors
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Play Fish
  • Dice

How to Make the Counting Game for Preschoolers:

We recommend reading the book Hello World, Ocean Life before beginning this project. Focus on the page with all the fish after reading the book. Talk about all the different fish and the environment that they live in.

First, make the game board.

Using a blue piece of construction paper for the ocean, we are going to add to the background.

Using the book or other ocean pictures as inspiration, show your toddler how they can cut out different shapes from construction paper to make seaweed, coral, rocks, etc to add to their ocean.

After cutting and gluing pieces to their background, they can use the crayons and markers to add other details and parts to the ocean.

Now, its time to play!

Tell your little one that now you are going to add fish to the ocean.

First, roll the dice. What number did you get? Add this many fish to the ocean!

Keep playing until all the fish are in the ocean.

If they want to play some more, start to “catch” the fish in the ocean. Using tools such as tongs or tweezers will add another fun fine motor element to this game. Follow the same pattern of rolling the die and take the fish out of the ocean. This is a great way to clean up the fish too!

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