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Water Table Counting



Materials:

permanent marker
bleached foam egg carton, or egg tray
ping-pong balls or other small floating objects (plastic toys or corks)
water table or a similar container to hold water
water
small fishing nets



Instructions:

1. Using a permanent marker, number the sections of the egg carton.
Depending on the concept on which you are focusing or on the children’s
abilities, number the sections from 0 to 11 or 1 to 12, or number them by twos (2,
4, 6, and so on), fives, or tens.
2. Write numbers on the ping-pong balls or floating objects to match the
numbers in the egg sections.
3. Fill the water table or container with water, and place the balls or floating
objects in the water.
4. Encourage the children to “fish” for the objects and place them in the
appropriate egg carton sections.
5. This activity can be easily adapted to practice letters, names, shapes, and so
on.
More to do Books: Use books and songs to support this activity. For example, if you use
floating items such as fish, read the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Numbers

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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