Summertime is a great opportunity for kids to enjoy some fun, relaxed days without having to worry about school. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still learn and grow!
These 30 summer math activities for preschoolers will keep their minds active and their skills sharp while they’re on vacation.
From simple counting games to learning about shapes and sizes, your little ones will have a blast practicing their preschool math skills all summer long. They’ll flourish in the classroom come fall!
How Do You Teach Math to Preschoolers?
Math should be fun for preschoolers. An easy way to work on math is by using everyday objects to teach basic concepts. For example, count the number of spoons in the utensil drawer or the number of steps it takes to get from the kitchen to the living room.
You can also use nature to introduce math concepts. Count the number of trees in your backyard or the number of ducks you see in the pond.
With a little creative thinking, you’ll find fun ways to teach math to your preschooler in your everyday activities. But if you’re looking for a little extra practice, these engaging summer math challenges are here to help.
Basic Math Skills for Preschoolers
Wondering which math skills your preschooler needs to master? Here are the early math basic skills that they’ll learn in pre-K:
Number recognition (1-10 or 1-20)
Identifying basic shapes, like circles, triangles, and squares
Comparing differences (more/less or bigger/smaller)
Simple addition and subtraction
The important thing to remember is to make it fun. Practice math through games, puzzles, and other playful activities to get kids excited for learning.
Summer Math Activities for Preschoolers
Stop the summer slide with these fun math activities for preschoolers.
With loads of hands-on activities for practicing early math concepts, your preschooler will be a numbers superstar in no time.
Practice counting and adding to 10 with this hopping good frog math activity for preschoolers. You'll need a pair of dice, plastic frog counters, and our printable worksheets to set up this simple activity.
Focus young preschoolers on number identification, counting, subitizing (recognizing small groups of objects without counting), and one to one correspondence.
Use these popsicle stick printables to practice number formation. You'll need both regular and mini popsicle sticks to make the numbers. All out of popsicle sticks? No problem—use play dough, buttons, or any other manipulative to form the numbers instead.
Practice counting while using playdough to decorate the mats. This cute printable pack is 10 pages with backgrounds ranging from the park to the backyard to a pond. Add flowers, toys, butterflies, and more to complete the scenes.
This no-prep activity will be a hit with parents and teachers alike. Just print, grab some playdough, and get started!
Your zoo-loving preschoolers will have so much fun with these four counting activities. Included in this pack are zoo-themed counting puzzles, a counting mat, number cards, and a zoo train with numerals, counting dots, tallies, and number words.
Use the activities to practice counting to 10, reading number words, and working on number recognition.
Grab this fun game to work on graphing skills. The printables include dice (or dice inserts) featuring six fun summer activities for kids to graph. It's as simple as rolling the dice and coloring in a box on the graph. Keep going until one reaches the top!
Practice number recognition and color words while working fine motor muscles with these beautiful ocean-themed color by number sheets. You'll get seven different pages focused on learning numbers 1-7. The pack includes seven different ocean animal scenes with a whale, shark, octopus, and more.
Sneak in some number recognition and counting practice at the end of the year with these fun preschool math worksheets. Each page features a large number, objects to count, and a ten frame for developing number sense.
Laminate the pages to protect them if you're using playdough as the manipulative. Other counters you can use are buttons, mini erasers, and counting bears.
Take your math lessons outside! Build numbers using tally marks, build numbers using natural materials, and practice geometry. You'd be surprised at how many math concepts you can practice using sticks, rocks, and plants.
This roll and color game is an easy way to practice the concept of "one less" with your preschooler. The fish-themed printables focus on numbers that are one less 5-10. It's great for older preschoolers or K students who can think more abstractly with numbers.
Who says summer school can't be fun? Younger kids will have a blast with these honey bee math sheets featuring a roll and cover game, I Spy, pattern work, counting to 100, and four more fun activities. All you need to start is a printer, some dot markers, and a die.
Perfect for spring and summer, these bird-themed math printables will get preschoolers excited about counting. They'll form small bird eggs out of playdough and match the number of eggs to the number shown on the bird.
Learn basic shapes with this engaging ice cream shape sorting activity. You only need a few minutes to prepare this activity that helps children pair shape words with their respective geometric shapes.
Identify numbers that are one more or one less with these fun fish-themed math challenges. You'll need number magnets or foam numbers, mini fish erasers, and a printer. That's it! It's an easy activity kids will ask to do again and again.