I love dinosaurs and I know a lot of your little ones do too! So I’ve made another dinosaur activity for you. This one is a cute dinosaur math game.
This dinosaur counting activity can help your children develop their counting and number recognition skills.
Not to mention those little baby dinosaurs are pretty cute and who doesn’t like baby dinosaurs?
Now, this math game is a little trickier than some of the others I’ve made because the dinosaurs aren’t all in neat little lines. It’ll be a good one to use as their counting skills improve – but don’t be surprised if they make a few mistakes at first.
Will your kids be able to carefully count the baby dinosaurs and match them to the correct egg half? Only one way to find out…
You can check out the other cute dinosaur printables below:
- Dinosaur Trace The Lines Writing Practice
- Cute Dinosaur Color Matching Game
- Dinosaur Letter Matching Game
- Dinosaur Coloring Pages
- Dinosaur Finger Puppets
What Math Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When playing this dinosaur math game, your children will have the chance to practice and develop some early math skills such as:
- Counting skills – they’ll have to count the baby dinosaurs carefully to ensure they are matching the correct egg halves
- Number recognition – they’ll need to be able to recognize the numbers to match them up correctly
- One to one correspondence – this important skill (trickier than you may think) is the ability to only touch and count an object of a set once.
- Number ordering – if you have a go at the activities I suggest below, your children will have a chance to improve their number ordering skills
- Subitizing – the ability to to quickly recognize, by looking at a group of things, how many there are.
This dinosaur activity will also give them a chance to practice their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they’ll have to pick up the egg halves and place them next to each other to make the correct pairs.
The game contains 10 baby dinosaur bottom halves and 10 top halves.
How To Prepare This Dinosaur Math Game
First you’re going to want to download the game by clicking on the image below:
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Once you’ve downloaded them, you’ll need to print them off onto paper or card.
Then, you can cut them out. I understand that it may be a bit fiddly cutting around all the dinosaur heads – so if you want to make it a bit quicker and easier you can just roughly cut around them so that they still fit under the top half of the egg. Their learning will still be the same!
Once they’re all cut out, I’d strongly advise laminating them to keep them nice.
If you don’t have a laminator at home here’s an affordable and reliable one (definitely worth investing in if you plan to make a lot of printables!):
After that you’re all done!
Your children are reading to start using their counting and number recognition skills to match the dinosaur eggs.
How you could use this preschool dinosaur activity
Here’s a couple ideas of how you could use this dinosaur math game (I’m sure you’ll be able to think of more – if you do let me know in the comments and I’ll include them!)
Number Matching Game
There’s a couple ways you could do this one. The easiest is to lay all the top halves with the numbers out and give them a bottom half to count. After they have carefully counted the baby dinosaurs they have to use their number recognition skills to match it to the correct number half.
To make this a little trickier you could switch it up, so that the baby dinosaur halves are the ones laid out and give them a number half to read. They will probably have to do more counting this way but it can be good to help improve their subitizing skills.
This simple activity involves laying the egg halves out in number order. You could do it with just the tops, just the bottoms or both.
If you do it with both the top and the bottom, it will give them a wonderful chance to practice their number ordering skills as well as improve their number sense as they will be able to see the amounts that the numerals represent all laid out next to each other.
This would also be a great chance for you to explain more and less and ask them lots of questions – which egg has the most baby dinosaurs? Which one has the least? Which egg has the most, this one or this one? How many more babies are in this egg than that one?
I hope your children enjoy practicing counting with this math game – be sure to check back in for more educational and free printables.
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Until next time,
Let’s nurture those neurons!
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