Set up this super easy hot wheels cars math activity for your toddler! Math for toddler and preschooler boys should be FUN, click through for my tips and tricks on getting the most out of this early learning number activity.

I seriously don’t know how he does it. It’s a super-human strength. Really, how is it possible for such tiny hands to keep a grip on not one, but at least three cars all day long? We’re talking breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime, and naps, too. My little guy simply adores his race cars.

A few days ago, I put my teacher cap on again trying to think of a way to support number recognition and one-to-one correspondence for my son. I looked in my junk drawer. Hmmm. Painter’s tape left over from the move to the new house. Then I peeked in my son’s toy box. Cars. Oodles of Hot Wheels cars… Got it!

Armed with my ridiculously simple supplies and a permanent marker, I set up a simple counting and graphing activity for my all-boy, car-loving kid.

This activity is designed to help your child:

  • Recognize and identify numerals
  • Understand one-to-one correspondence
  • Understand greater/ lesser than number value concepts

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Here’s what you need to know to hook your own little car-lover into a fun early learning math activity too!

Set up this super easy hot wheels cars math activity for your toddler! Math for toddler and preschooler boys should be FUN, click through for my tips and tricks on getting the most out of this early learning number activity.

First, lay out five or more strips of painter’s tape on the floor. Write numerals in order on each strip, increasing one number step up for each new column. Add a little box around each numeral about the size of a toy car. It’s a mini parking space!

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Set up this super easy hot wheels cars math activity for your toddler! Math for toddler and preschooler boys should be FUN, click through for my tips and tricks on getting the most out of this early learning number activity.

Next, show your child how to match one car to one parking spot. (See, one-to-one correspondence!) Start with one, then match and count each column up as you go. Once your child gets the idea, let him try to count out the last few rows all by himself! As he places each car on the number, have him say the number name. “I parked the school bus on the number two.” You can also make a game of finding matching numerals as your child learns to identify each numeral. Say, “This is the number three. Can you find any more threes?”

Set up this super easy hot wheels cars math activity for your toddler! Math for toddler and preschooler boys should be FUN, click through for my tips and tricks on getting the most out of this early learning number activity.

I also worked in a bit of math vocabulary. This is where that bar graph layout becomes super helpful. We talked about the concept of value and less/more than. I asked my son, ” Which column has more cars? Which has less? Is 5 more than or less than 3?” This is a great jumping off point for an understanding of number value!

Set up this super easy hot wheels cars math activity for your toddler! Math for toddler and preschooler boys should be FUN, click through for my tips and tricks on getting the most out of this early learning number activity.

I know this is an activity we are sure to try again soon! My little car-lover won’t be tiring of his Hot Wheels any time soon, right?

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