There are a whole host of pre-math skills, all of which I hope to cover in this blog in the coming weeks. I thought I would start with two of the simplest - matching colours and shapes (or "colors" depending on where you are in the world!).
All that is required to make these is coloured construction paper, tissue boxes and kitchen roll tubes (toilet roll tubes gross me out!). Simply use the tubes to draw holes in the tissue box and cut out the holes with a craft knife. Then cover the tubes and boxes with coloured construction paper. We covered all of the boxes and tubes with thick plastic tape to prevent the paper from being ripped.
My preschoolers enjoyed making these colour monsters! They are really easy to prepare - simply cut around milk cartons to create a "monster mouth" and have your students cover them with paint and add eyes. *TOP TIP* add some kitchen washing up liquid to your paint to prevent it from peeling off the milk cartons when dry.
The colour monsters love eating! However, they only eat food that is the same colour as themselves. We had lots of fun playing various circle time games with these monsters and play food.
Colour Wall Display
This wall display was made by one of my colleagues in the Nursery Class (hence the American spelling of "colors"). Every class was named after an animal and the Nursery Class that particular year were Bumblebees. The coloured squares are simply sheets of origami paper and the bee was black and white clipart photocopied on to various sheets of coloured construction paper. Each square and bee had a piece of velcro attached however I personally prefer using magnets (as they are easier for the children to use because they don't have to "tear" things off the wall!).
The shape post was made using tissue boxes, red construction paper (covered in clear thick tape), shape clipart and envelopes from the 100 yen store (which I laminated).
This resource was useful and fun for learning both shapes and colours.
2D Shape Wall Display
The wall display above was featured in my "Panda Class". The students enjoyed playing games to match the magnetic shapes to their panda owners.
3D Shape Hunt
I used to take my preschoolers on 3D shapes walks to search for real life examples of 3D shapes. Later in the year we would use "recording sheets" to score out each 3D shape as we found it.
I'd love to hear what colour and shape matching games your students enjoy. Please use the comments section below to share your ideas.