When is a good time to teach your child math? As soon as they can say a few words! **Math activities for preschoolers** will definitely put your child on the right path to mathematical success at an early age.

*Two years of age is a great time to start. Children ages 3 -5 know
immediately if someone got more cookies than they did. They like telling
their age, address, phone number. We can use this interest*.

**Caterpillar Count**

**Grade Level:** Preschool - Kindergarten

**Skill:** Counting

**Number of players:** 2

**Object of the game:** Be the player who colors the last part of the caterpillar

**Supplies:**

- Caterpillar Count game board
- A different colored crayon for each player
- Index cards, numbered from 1 to 9 ***
- Paper bag

**Preparation:**

- Print a copy of the Caterpillar Count game board
- Place the numbered index cards in the paper bag

**Print Game Board #1****Print Game Board #2**

**To Play with Game Board #1:**

- Decide who goes first by pulling numbers from the number bag. The person with the highest number begins.
- The first player takes a number from the bag. Using her own color, she shades in that number of spaces on the caterpillar. (Example: Amy picks a 2 from the number bag. She colors the first two spaces on the caterpillar with her red crayon.) She places the number card back in the bag.

- The next player draws a number card and uses his crayon to color in that number of spaces on the caterpillar. (Example: Matt picks a 4 from the bag. He colors the next 4 spaces on the caterpillar with his blue crayon.)
- Play continues until the entire caterpillar has been colored. The player who colors in the last space on the caterpillar is the winner

*****Variations*****

- Give each player his own Caterpillar Game board and use numbers 1 to 20. The first player to finish his own board wins.
- Use Game board #2 with numbers 1 to 30.
- For either game board, use multiples of 5 up to 50. Players “skip count” so that every section of the caterpillar represents 5 numbers. For example, if a player draws 25, he counts, “5, 10, 15, 20, 25” and colors 5 sections of the board.
- Use multiples of 10 up to 100. Players “skip count” so that every section of the caterpillar represents 10 numbers.

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