We have been learning a lot of basic math concepts lately – number sequencing (from 1-10), basic addition/subtraction and greater/less than concepts. To make learning maths more fun for 3-5 year olds, I created these Pirate Treasure Math Printables. I love engaging kids in play based learning activities and creating a pirate treasure theme seemed like the perfect match to introduce basic math concepts to preschoolers.
Pirate Treasure Math Printables
All you need for these Pirate Treasure Math Activities are:
Prepare the Pirate Treasure Math Activities:
Print out the Pirate Treasure Math Printables, which you will find by clicking on the link above. Laminate or put the first 3 pages in a plastic sleeve. Cut out the numbers and symbols on the 4th page. Then either laminate these or cover them in contact paper.
There are 3 Math Activities that can be done with these printables:
Pirate Treasure Number Sequencing (from 1 to 10)
Using the 1st page of the printable, ask your preschooler to put one pirate treasure gold coin in or around the treasure box, staring with number 1. Continue with the succeeding numbers until s/he reaches number 10. This activity allows preschoolers to recognize numbers and sequence numbers according to its order.
Variation: If counting numbers from 1 to 10 is easy for your preschooler, let them count backwards, starting from 10 and ending in number 1.
Pirate Treasure Coin Addition and Subtraction
Prepare the 2nd page of the printable, the laminated numbers and arithmetic symbols (+/-/=). Lay out a ‘problem’ for your preschooler. In the case of the first photo, it is 5 + 3. Let your child then put 5 coins in the treasure chest. This in itself is a practice in counting. Then let him/her add 3 more coins. Encourage your child to count the total number of gold coins, then find the corresponding number to solve the problem.
Apply the same concept with subtraction.
If you print a duplicate sheet of the 4th page, you can gradually increase the numbers that your child solves, to include 2 digit numbers.
Pirate Treasure Greater or Less Than Activity
Use the 3rd page of the printable, the laminated numbers and the greater/less than symbols (>/<). Place 2 different numbers below each treasure box. Let your child fill in each treasure box with the corresponding number of coins. This is again another practice in counting. Then let him/her compare each treasure chest, and put the greater/less than symbol in between the numbers.
Allowing kids to count concrete items, such as gold coins, while teaching young kids the concept of greater than or less than lets them perceive numbers as the value it represents and not just a symbol.
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Did you know that there is actually a holiday called International Talk like a Pirate Day?! I never knew this until today! Just for this occasion, many other blogs have created Pirate themed kids activities, crafts, play ideas and many more! Look at the amazing list of Pirate activities below…
Backyard Pirate Treasure Hunt (Map) – Umbrella Tree Cafe
Make Your Own Pirate Treasure – The Gingerbread House
DIY Pirate Vest & Patch – Play Dough & Popsicles
Toilet paper roll pirates – Just Another Mom
Set Sail with this DIY Pirate Boat – The Resourceful Mama
It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me – Study at Home Mama
Pirates Love Underpants Sensory Bin – Adventures of Adam
Free Pirate Play Dough Mats Numbers 1-10 – Life Over C’s
Pirate Science: Fool’s Gold, Parrots and Shipwrecks! – Share it! Science News
Pirate Colouring Pages – In The Playroom
Pirate Books for Kids of All Ages – Superheroes and Teacups
Treasure Chest Craft – Messy Little Monster
How Did Pirates Navigate? How to Read a Map – Schooling a Monkey
Pirate Sensory Bin – Life with Moore Babies
Pirate Preschool Printable – Living Life and Learning
How to Make Some Great Pirate Flags – Witty Hoots
Perfect Parrot Masks for Pirate Day Fun – Peakle Pie
Pirate Perler Bead Patterns – Brain Power Boy
Going on a Pirate Treasure Hunt – Play & Learn Everyday
DIY Pirate Ship and Pirate Movie Night – CraftCreateCalm
Pirate Treasure Math Printables – Kidz Activities
Treasure Alphabet Match – The Kindergarten Connection
Make Your Own Pirate Map – My Little Poppies
Treasure Map Grid Activity – My Little Poppies
Make Your Own Map and Treasure Hunt – My Little Poppies
Create a FLOATING Pirate Ship! – Milk and Cuddles
Pirate Puppet Craft -Sugar Aunts
Hidden Treasure Cupcakes – Emmy’s Mummy
Non Scary Pirate Books and Movies – Edventures with Kids
Gold Nuggets – Kelly’s Classroom
Fizzing Pirate Treasure Adventure – Preschool Powol Packets
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