Food is an integral part of life so this week’s counting roundup has ideas for kids to count with snacks. Some are healthy and some are not, some are for eating and some snack foods are just being used as another form of manipulative. Since kids often love to play with their food, perhaps this is just a natural extension!
Count with snacks ideas
1. Fruit loops and cheerios
- Rainbow math game from Housing A Forest. Uses fruit loops and dice. There’s a free printable cloud, too.
- The great ‘8’ octopus from Mamas Like Me. Create an octopus then use cheerios to add suckers to the legs!
- Beary yummy counting from Toddler Approved!
- Make a cereal abacus from Education.com
- Lollipop math activities from Fantastic Fun and Learning. It can be used for counting and addition.
4. Fruit and veg
- Numbered fruit salad from The Measured Mom. Phew… thank you Anna for a super healthy activity! Children make fruit salad bowls for everyone by adding specific numbers of specific fruits.
- Roll a rainbow snack from Playdough to Plato. Make a DIY rainbow mat then just add fruit and dice.
- Little pea from Learn, Play, Imagine. Skip counting.
- Early learning with mini pancakes from B-Inspired Mama. Mark numbers with food dye then add the right number of chocolate chips. If you’re not into dye you could just as easily write little numbers on paper to put beside the pancakes. And if you’re not into chocolate chips, just substitute for something else you prefer.
- Marshmallow Easter egg from No Time for Flash Cards. Of course, you could substitute any picture! There’s an example of that with this Marshmallow snowman activity.
- Hot chocolate counting mats from The Measured Mom. Free printable for numbers 1-20, just print and add marshmallows!
7. M&Ms and chocolate chips
- Monster munch from I Heart Arts n Crafts. Uses paper plates, paint and dice.
- Skip counting with candy from Learn, Play, Imagine.
- If you give a mouse a cookie counting cards from Playdough to Plato. Free counting cards (they’re super cute), just add chocolate chips for the counting part!
- Goldfish counting cards from Life Over Cs. Free printable.
- Goldfish printables for preschoolers from Tot Schooling. Free printable.
- Feed the penguin counting mats from Modern Preschool. Free printable.
- Tweezers and goldfish from Teaching Mama. Free printable.
- Recycled penguin craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
- Fish in the sea counting game from Lakeshore… it’s a DIY game using an eggcarton.
- Fun snack idea from Meaningful Mama. Free printable story.
- Animal cracker counting from I Can Teach My Child.
- How many cows on the farm? from Life Over Cs. Free printable mat.
10 Assorted bits and pieces
- A hundred celebrations from Grasping for Objectivity.
- Candy apple math game from No Time for Flash Cards. Free printable.
- Candy corn counting from No Time for Flash Cards. Simple craft activity.
- Cheeseball math from No Time for Flash Cards. Involves throwing cheese balls so they stick into shaving cream. Novel idea!
- Jelly bean counting and sorting from Momma’s Fun World. Free printable.
- To make use of ice cream toppings try these free Ice Cream Play Dough Mats from Modern Preschool. Nicole is suggesting using play dough but there’s no reason why we couldn’t use real ingredients. It would be really great fine motor skill practice!
I hope you enjoy these great for count with snacks ideas!
Want to see more counting roundup posts?
- 10+ Ways to Count and Move
- 10+ Ways to Count with Play Dough
- 10+ Ways to Count with Fine Motor Skills
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