Hot Chocolate Preschool Activity
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It is mid January and hot chocolate is one of our favorite beverages. We love warming up by the fireplace with warm cups of hot chocolate. We also love marshmallows! We love big, fluffy marshmallows and we count them when we top off our hot chocolate drinks with them. We thought a hot chocolate marshmallow counting activity would be the perfect preschool activity for today. The Measured Mom offers a great hot chocolate marshmallow math printable which is perfect for us. After printing out the free printable, I cut apart the mugs.
We looked at each mug and called out the number on each one. We placed one marshmallow (cotton ball) on the mug with the number 1 printed on it. We placed two “marshmallows” on the mug with the number 2 printed on it and so on.
We practiced this preschool activity several times. You can print out another copy (for yourself and your own kids or students only) so that you have two of each mug. Then, after cutting them apart, lay them face down, all mixed up and out of order, to create a number concentration game. When each child wins a set of cards, allow him or her to count out the correct number of marshmallows which corresponds with the number printed on the cards.
This activity will provide for multiple opportunities to count to 10 and practice number recognition. Counting out the marshmallows provides a hands on experience for kids who enjoy tactile learning experiences and it helps young children understand that numbers mean something. You can also use the colors on the mugs to practice color recognition. When you print out the free printable from The Measured Mom, you will also find white mugs which the kids can color themselves or you can customize your activity. Be sure to read the terms of service when you print out the document. If your friends and co-workers are interested in the printable, please refer them to her website (as I am doing here) so that they can download and print out their own copy. Thanks a bunch!
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