This easy-to-make math game is inspired by a rainy day…and perfect for playing on a rainy day! It’s a great way for your preschooler to practice number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and patterning.
I made this math game out of heavy cardstock, but you felt fans out there might want to make it for a felt board. It’s also a good activity for a busy bag.
Rainy Day Math Game
Cut out 10 clouds and number each from 1 to 10.
Cut out raindrops in one color, or in several colors or shades to create more options for patterning. I made 30 raindrops in total. Tip: fold your cardstock to cut through 2 or more shapes at once
Your child can play this math game alone, with a friend or with you. Playing with a partner provides an opportunity to practice turn-taking.
Shuffle the cloud cards. Begin the game by either turning the clouds upside down so that the numbers written on them cannot be seen, or have one person hold them.
Ask your child to pick a cloud, turn it over and name the number.
Place the cloud number side up and ask your child to put the matching number of raindrops under it.
Repeat steps 1 to 3.
As I mentioned above, this game can also be used for making patterns.
Make a set using fewer numbers for a younger child. For an older child or one who has mastered 1 to 10, make more clouds or focus exclusively on the teens or twenties.
Use fewer or more colors based on how comfortable your child is with patterning.
Have your child cut the shapes herself.
Follow my Early Numeracy Pinterest board for more playful math games and activities.