Pool Noodle Math - and Literacy! - Activity

Spring Math Preschool Lesson Plan
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What do pool noodles and math have in common? This awesome fine motor counting game from Jenae at I can teach my child! Simply cut the noodle into ten equal sections, use a permanent marker to script a numeral onto each, then set out {along with a piece of rope or even a child's belt} for some math skill fun!

With the exercise, students practice:

  • Sequencing
  • 1:1 correspondence
  • Number recognition
  • Fine motor skills

Jenae's example shows numbers one through ten, but you can certainly choose another focus sequence, use the noodles to practice skip-counting, or even select numbers out of order to help your kiddos practice recognizing and ordering numerals from 'smallest' to 'largest'.

Literacy Adaptation

Instead of numerals, script letters onto each pool noodle piece. Have students practice stringing the letters in order. Or, using sight word or vocabulary flash cards as a guide, invite your kiddos to spell high frequency words with the noodle letters.