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Figur Walking *


Rope/long cord or chalk


A figure is laid on the floor with a long rope: E.g. quadrangle, triangle, circle. The children walk around this figure.


Balance on the rope, jump over the rope

Draw figures outside and go around them






Mirror Gymnastics


Two children stand adverse. One shows a number of movements (e.g. jumping). The partner says the number and repeats the movements. Then change.


Change movements, e.g. turn around, swing with the arms, jumps on one foot.

Expend the number range

Shadow run: One partner is running a (geometrical) figure outside or in sports room, the other is following him and name the figure (circle, pretzel, heart etc.)






Finding Shapes


Many cards with shapes (circle, triangle, quadrangle) in different colours.


The cards are apportioned in the room. After the request, the children collect particular shapes/colours, e.g. all triangles, red shapes.


Also with numbers

Change the way of movement (jump, crawl etc.)






Coffee Beans *


Children in pre school age measure items (length, width of the table...) or distances with the size of a foot (coffee beans) and compare them.


Measure with length of a step, span/width of a hand

Work with partner

Measure outdoor with steps or spread arms

Cut a thread as long as the own body height and measure distances with that.






Left or Right? *


The children move around in the room. The game master gives several tasks one after another, e.g:

“Wave your right hand!“

“Show your left ear!“

“Lay your right hand on your left ear and try to pull your ear to the right!“

“Take your right ankle with your right hand and pull the heel to the bottom!“


Work with partners or groups






Search the Numbers


The children go search numbers in the kindergarten. Where are all the numbers? Which ones? Who finds the biggest number – and the lowest?


Look for a certain number, e.g. numbers of the actual date

Rallye of numbers while go for a excursion

Look for figures (circle...)






What is not right?


The educator tells a story with numbers, shapes, relation of position. The children move through the room. When they discover a mistake, they wave their hand. For example: The seven dwarfs:
... at a table are six chairs. On the table are seven angled plates. On the right side of the plate lies the fork, on the left side the knife...


Change the movement for affirmation and denegation






Number Ball


Softball, ball of wool, ball of paper and others


The children throw a Ball in pairs or small groups and count in the known number range.


Roll the ball by foot

Show a number with the fingers or throw a dice, then count after throw

In groups of 3: one says a number, the others throw the ball and count

Hold up cards with numbers on it

Count backwards






Found! *


Cards with figures and numbers on it (coloured triangles, quadrangles, circles)


Every child has a coloured geometric figure, e.g. a yellow quadrangle, a red circle, a green triangle. Everybody moves in the room. When the game master shouts: “All red figures meet!“, the children with red circles, triangles and quadrangles come together in a circle. They dance one round together and then they walk around like the other children.


Partner game: everybody looks for a partner, to trade e.g. his red figure with a green one.

Search game: All the cards lie on the floor. Who finds the green triangle?

Team game outside: the children with the triangles catch the ones with the quadrangles and circles.