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 I Spy Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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.

i Spy lunar new year printable activity from Rainy Day Mum

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

Free Printable Chinese New Year I Spy Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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.

I Spy Chinese New Year Printable sheet 1
I Spy Chinese New Year Printable Sheet 2

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

playing the free printable chinese new year activity with preschoolers

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.

Free Printable Chinese New Year I Spy Sheets for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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

Chinese New Year Craft

Make a simple Chinese New Year Paper Lantern with your Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Counting activities for preschoolers - FREE printable Chinese New Year I Spy Game
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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