We’re celebrating Chinese New Year with our Rainy Day Tots this week and reading our featured Chinese New Year Book Dragons Dance by Joan Holub.
To add in a little math this week we have created a FREE Printable Chinese New Year I Spy Activity that you and your toddlers and preschoolers can do.
Free Printable Chinese New Year Game for Preschoolers
I Spy is one of my favourite games to play with kids.
We started off playing it with colours and then phonemes and now they are older actual letters.
Transferring that fun game to a printable we have a great maths game for preschoolers to work on counting.
Just print out the sheets and help your little ones to count the objects for Chinese New Year.
Check out our Year of the Tiger Crafts for Kids for some fun ideas to use alongside this printable.
Chinese New Year I Spy Counting Printables
The Chinese New Year FREE Printable Maths Activity sheets are now available in the Rainy Day Mum Store.
But if you are a member of our Rainy Day Tots group then you should find them either in our Facebook Group or a link in your newsletter to get them.
Materials Needed for your Printable Chinese New Year Activity Sheets
- Your downloaded Chinese New Year I Spy Sheets
- Printer – We use an Epson EcoTank at home read why we love it here
- Optional Magnetic Numbers
How to Use the FREE Printable Chinese New Year I Spy
We sat down together and read our Dragon Dance by Joan Holub book then spotted some of the objects from our I Spy sheets in the book.
Once we had spotted the objects in the book we proceed to count out the number of different objects on the sheets.
The I spy printable contains 2 sheets and we have a couple of suggestions below for sharing and using these with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Using the I Spy Sheet with Toddlers
With toddlers, I like to use some counters with the sheets.
We decide on an object to count and then lay a counter on each of the objects that match on the sheet.
Once all of the objects that match are covered we remove the counters and together count them out.
Then I write the number in the box.
I carry on with this method handing over the counters and placing them on the matching objects independently whilst helping with the number writing.
Using the Printable I Spy Games with Preschoolers
With preschoolers that have good counting 1 to 1 and can recognise numbers I also include some magnetic numbers.
Again they place the counters on the objects and then count-out.
For younger preschoolers just getting to grips with number recognition, I provide 3 very different numbers from the magnetic numbers and ask them to pick the one that is right.
With older preschoolers and those that have good number recognition, they can pick the number themselves and use it to support writing it in the space provided.
More Chinese New Year Printables
We also have 2 Printable Chinese New Year Games for Kids to play available to purchase in our store.
More Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.