Rocks, Dirt, & Mud...what's not to love? If your preschooler is fascinated with all things dirt and mud they will likely be spending plenty of time exploring outside. My Rocks, Dirt & Mud Activity Pack is great for extending the learning inside the classroom.
This pack is full of fun and engaging math, science, and literacy activities related to Rocks, Dirt & Mud including learning about different types of rocks and soil, patterning, shapes, related vocabulary and so much more!
This 73 page activity pack includes the following 20 Rock, Dirt and Mud Themed Activities:
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Above Ground Below Ground
Preschoolers are beginning to understand positional terms. Grasping spatial reasoning creates a strong foundation for learning more complicated math concepts as they grow older. This fun activity is a great way to practice spatial reasoning while also exploring scientific concepts!
Which objects/animals live above ground? below? and why? Extend this activity by challenging your preschooler to consider what other animals live above/below ground and why.
Pigs in the Mud Roll and Count!
What better way to explore addition than with pigs and mud! Don't worry, this activity is a lot less messy than it sounds.
Invite your preschooler to roll the cube and place the corresponding number of pigs on the mud mat.
Challenge your preschooler to count the total number of pigs on the mat after each roll. Support your preschooler in their math development by modeling math language such as: add, sum, total, equals, all together, plus, and more.
Older preschoolers and kindergartners may enjoy using this activity for subtraction as well!
**Teacher Tip: you can cut out the pieces to attach to dice as in the picture or assemble the included cube template! You may also choose to use the number cards as cards and simply flip them over.
Rock Count and Clip Cards
Preschoolers and tots love using clothespins, which is fantastic since they give little fingers a big workout! In addition to developing fine motor skills, children are developing number sense with this engaging activity.
*Teacher Tip: Keep the 3-part cards handy during this activity for reference when students ask about the different rocks on the cards. Referencing printed material when they ask questions reinforces the idea that print carries a message and that information can be sought in printed material.
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