Counting objects and comparing more or less is an important math skill for preschoolers to learn. These shark figurines make great math counters and this shark aquarium math game is a fun way to inspire learning in young children who are interested in sharks or to go along with an ocean theme!
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Shark Aquarium Math Game
- 2 containers
- Shark figurines
- Number die
- blue food coloring
How to Prep:
To prepare this activity, set out two containers with a little bit of blue colored water, a dozen shark figurines and a number die. Then invite the children to come play and learn with this sensational shark aquarium math game!
How to Play:
This activity can be played by one child alone, with two children or with an adult and child. To play, roll the die once and count out that number of sharks and place them in one aquarium. Then roll the die again, taking turns as necessary and count out that number of sharks into the other aquarium.
Next, an adult can ask the child:
- Which aquarium has more sharks?
- Which one has fewer sharks?
- Do the aquariums have an even amount of sharks?
- How do you know?
This is a simple and quick math game to set up and play! It is a fun and hands-on way for preschoolers to practice counting to six, compare quantities and practice subitizing skills. It is also an opportunity to explain to what “even” means in terms of numbers.
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Mary Peterson says
This is great! Love that you made it a mini unit with the fun books.