Beehive Preschool Number Sorting Mats
Get minds buzzing with this hands-on Bee Themed math activity for preschoolers and kindergartners.
This sorting activity supports numeracy development as students read the numeral at the base of the hive, then complete the hive by finding the matching written number and quantity of bees!
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This activity is easy to set up!
Prepare the materials by printing, cutting, and laminating (optional for durability).
Then place on a tray, in a basket, or anywhere that's easy and inviting for your students.
Students begin by identifying the numeral at the bottom of the hive. Next, they search for the piece with the matching number of bees.
Searching for the correct quantity of bees supports students on two different levels.
Children work to count the number of bees on each piece to try and find the correct one, this supports cardinality as well as 1:1 correspondence.
Older preschoolers are beginning to work on subitizing, which is important for students preparing for more complex math skills.
While searching for the correct piece, children are naturally developing the skills needed for subitizing. They are looking at the group of pieces and determining which pieces are likely to match based on a quick visual assessment.
Next, they complete the top of the hive by finding the number in written word form.
Preschoolers working on phonics can use their knowledge of phonics along with adult support to find the written word. Encourage your preschooler to sound out the beginning of the word and find words that start with that letter.
Older preschoolers and kindergartners are learning to recognize these words as sight words.
Add this activity to your early learning center while studying Bees and Flowers, during spring or summer...or anytime!
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