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Day 11: Play the “More or Less” Game!

Continuing with our 2010 goal to provide you with 365 days of learning activities from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for, here is the post for Day 11…

Remember, these are learning activities that should only be done if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn.

~~ Understanding Concepts Such as “Empty and Full” and “More or Less” ~~

Fun With Balloons!  Fill a balloon with air, explain that the balloon is full of air. Let the air out and explain that the balloon is empty. Repeat.

Fill It Up – And Pour It Out!  Use rice, sand, water or beans to fill cups.  Be sure to state the obvious, “Look, my cup is full of sand.”  Then, pour the sand out and say, “Now my cup is empty.”

Play the game, “More or Less”

What You’ll Need:

  • Deck of cards or one die with dots
  • Objects to count such as beans, blocks, coins, M&Ms, or pebbles
    Note:  If you use cards, before the game, remove jokers and picture cards from the card deck. Take out the numbered cards your child is not ready for such as # ‘s 6-9. (Be sure to put the higher number cards back in the deck as your child is ready for them.)


Player One: Roll the die or pick a card, say the number (help your child count the dots on the die or the symbols on the cards). Next, have your child take that many beans or whatever objects you are playing with and put them in front of her.

Player Two: Do the same as player one.

When all the players have their objects compare them to one another. Who has more and who has less at the end of the hand? You can keep track of each hand with tally marks and count the tallies at the end of the game.

Note: Be careful with this – little kids often do not understand competitive games.  Sometimes it’s just more fun if everyone does it as an activity rather than a competitive game. 

For more about teaching foundational skills for math visit: 
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