Preschool and Kindergarten age children are taught number sense, including using tally marks. Using tally marks is a super easy way to count objects, even high numbers. You can work on teaching tally marks to kindergarten by just telling them, which is great, but they can really solidify how they work with a hands-on Tally Marks Activity. Use this kindergarten spring math as a fun spring activity for kindergarten.
Tally Marks Activity
We used popsicle sticks to represent the tally marks. They are the same shape as a drawn line, just as tally marks are, and they are easily manipulated and moved to become the tally mark groups that you need, for the number 5.
We took it one step further and used a Spring theme. I created printable number cards, with flowers on them and also included flowers that can be glued to the top of each popsicle stick to make it extra fun.
Teaching tally marks to kindergarten
For this, you’ll need:
- 10 Popsicle Sticks
- Included Printables
Start by cutting out the number cards and the decorative flowers. Take the glue and glue the flowers onto the top of the popsicle sticks. This helps engage children even more, adding a fun theme to the activity.
After the glue has dried, mix up the number cards. Have your child pick a number. Once the number is identified, ask them to make that number with the popsicle sticks as tally marks.
The cards are for numbers 1-10.
Kindergarten spring math
You can add other parts of number sense to this activity too. Besides just identifying the number, kids can say the number out loud and count to that number out loud. You could even have a piece of paper and pencil near by to ask them to write the number and even the number word. If they aren’t ready for writing yet, you could write it and they can trace it.
Spring activity for kindergarten
There are so many options with these Popsicle Stick Tally Marks. It’s a fun, hands on activity to help children really dive into number sense and understand how tally marks work.
Alternative Idea: Use the popsicle sticks in the same way, but have them colored or painted in rainbow colors. That would add a different type of spring theme to the activity.
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