Counting and learning numbers can be easy and fun for preschoolers! This Polar Bear Math Game adds a little gross motor movement in for Kinesthetic learners and to help keep kids active and moving throughout the day.
This math game can be played in small groups at school or in a home environment.
Setting up the Polar Bear Math Game
Materials Needed for the Polar Bear Math Game
- White and black felt pieces
Directions to Make the Polar Bear Math Game
- Cut icebergs out of white felt.
- Cut numbers out of the black felt.
- Set the icebergs out on level flooring.
- Set the numbers on top of the icebergs, with the numbers in order.
Playing the Polar Bear Math Game
Alternative Ways to Play this Polar Bear Math Game
* Encourage them to leap backwards from 10-1
* Let them line the icebergs up in numerical order.
*Play Iceberg Hop-scotch by throwing a stuffed panda bear to the number and hopping to it.
Literacy Polar Bear Connections:
Connect this math game with a good polar bear book to extend learning. Although there are many to choose from, here are our 3 favorites. When building a collection of books, I try to include at least one non-fiction text and a variety of styles. Consider purchasing or checking these books out from your local library!
The Three Snow Bears Jan Brett is a favorite author of mine. My children adore listening to her stories and have commented that they are picture books for big kids. The illustrations are amazing in this Arctic version of Goldilocks. Peek at the beautiful images here
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) Is a great picture book for young readers. The repetitive text is highly predictable and preschoolers will soon be helping to read the story. Read more reviews here.
National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears is a scientific text designed for children begining to read. It is informative for children, but not overwhelming. Another bonus is that the photographs are amazing! Check out other books in this learn-to-read series.
Polar Animal Literacy Activities:
Polar Animal Science and Sensory Activities:
How do Animals Stay Warm by Rainy Day Mum
Penguin Sorting Sensory Bin by Powerful Mothering
Arctic World by Learning 2 Walk
Seek-and-Find Game for a Winter Animals Preschool Theme by Fun-A-Day
Polar Animal Movement Activities
Polar Animals Gross Motor Games by Still Playing School
Polar Animal Math Games and Activities:
Polar Bear Math Game by The Educators’ Spin On It
Counting to 5 with Penguins by Life Over C’s
Polar Animals Mega Blocks Puzzle by Tiny Tots Adventures
Polar Bear Activities and Books for Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
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Do them with your kids and HAVE FUN!
Don’t forget to assess mid-year skills in the next few weeks. It’s amazing to see how far our preschool, pre-k, and kindergartners have grown in the past few months!