As a filler, I am using white dried rice as a base, and rainbow pom poms as counters. (I went with the white base to give pom poms a color pop.) I also added some Shamrock confetti (which I also used to tape the equations
Littles ones (age 1 yo+) would enjoy running bare hands through rice and touching colorful glitter pom poms while stimulating the tactile and visual senses – there is no need to introduce numeracy. For children age 2-3, you can introduce simple numeral to quantity association by including in the bin written numbers one through ten. To make this activity enticing for a preschooler, however, I am turning this simple sensory play tray into a subtraction practice game. So, I placed exactly ten rainbow pom poms in a tray and wrote simple subtraction word problems within 10 to be solved: e.i. 10 –
minuend – subtrahend = difference
TIP: You would introduce subtraction to a child who has a strong understanding of the
You can see this activity on Instagram here.
P.S. Always supervise your children while they are exploring through play, Xoxo
For more fun and hands-on St Patrick’s Day inspired activities, see here St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Unit Study.