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For your preschool strawberry theme create a strawberry math sensory bin. Work on number recognition, counting, and one-to-one correspondence.
While this project requires quite a bit of prep work (sewing the strawberries), it will be worth it when you see your kids engaged in a fun math activity that works on basic preschool math skills.
The beauty is, however, that there are so many ways to differentiate this activity for multiple learning levels!
As I mentioned above, this sensory bin will take a little bit of time for you to prepare. But, the learning opportunities it provides make it well worth your effort.
Strawberry Math Sensory Bin
Little ones can practice their math skills with this strawberry sensory bin. Younger children can practice counting, but I’ll show you how easy it is to teach addition and subtraction with this bin, as well.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Do
Print out the strawberry template, and cut out the pieces. Trace template onto felt with marker, and cut them out.
Take 2 red pieces and sew them together, but leave open a small hole for stuffing.
Sew the hole closed after you have stuffed your strawberry.
Take one stem and attach it to the body of your strawberry with a small stitch.
Place a small dab of glue on one of the black buttons and add a velcro date. Continue until all buttons have velcro dots.
Pour black beans and rice in your bin. I like to use a plastic wash bin that I grabbed at Walmart. “Plant” the velcro buttons to your rice garden.
Now, it’s time to play! First, let your preschoolers play with the sensory bin. Let them dig out the “seeds” and velcro them to a strawberry.
For counting fun, call out a number (or write a number on an index card) and have them put that amount of seeds on the strawberry. This is a great way to practice number recognition and counting from 1 to ???
• For older kids, you can turn this into an addition activity by writing simple addition cards on an index card. Have your child put the first number of seeds on the strawberry, and then add the second amount of seeds and add them together.
• You can also make this a subtraction activity by writing subtraction problems on an index card. Start with the big number of seeds on the strawberry and “take away” the second number. How many are left?
There are so many ways to use this simple preschool sensory bin to work on a variety of math skills with one project.
More Strawberry Activities
What an amazing collection of activities you can use to build a strawberry preschool unit study! You’ll find everything you need to get started.
Download these FREE strawberry preschool printables. They will help preschoolers practice shapes, ABCs, counting, and more!
These strawberry crafts for preschoolers are sweet! They’re oh-so-easy for little ones to make this spring and summer. Make one or make them all.
Resources I Love for Strawberry Preschool Lessons
If you don’t want to sew your own strawberries, here’s a fun set of felt strawberries that are already assembled.
Your kids will love growing their own strawberries with this easy strawberry growing kit.
This strawberry math sensory bin should help you spark your young learner’s interest in math this spring and summer.