Do you have a preschooler who is interested in playing with cars? Turn that love of cars into a playful learning game! Grid math games are easy to put together and quick for children with short attention spans to play and learn! Play this Car Parking Lot Preschool Math Grid Game with your next transportation themed unit or just for fun!

#### Materials for the Parking Lot Car Math Grid Game:

• Gray Felt
• Yellow Pipe Cleaners
• Toy Cars
• Dice

## To Prep:

To prepare the car parking lot grid game boards, cut the sheet of gray felt in half across the width. Then cut and glue yellow pipe cleaners to create a grid that looks like a parking lot. Alternately you could also use paper and glue to create a parking lot grid game, but felt adds more durability and feels more like a game board than paper.

Make enough parking lot grid game boards for the number of children in your home or a small group of students.

Once the glue has dried, collect sixteen toy cars and the game will be ready for playing and learning!

## How to Play:

To play this grid game children will take turns rolling the die and counting out the toy cars. Then they will practice one-to-one correspondence by placing one car in each parking spot. The child who fills their parking lot full of cars first wins the game!

Grid games are an easy, hands-on way to get preschoolers counting, subitizing, and practicing one-to-one correspondence. With young learners it is best to start with smaller grids of about eight squares and then move up to larger grids and dice with six dots. (You can use a foam block to make your own customized dice.)

For older preschoolers and kindergarteners, I would make a parking lot using a full sheet of gray felt.

This particular preschool math grid game was made a while ago and was really easy for my five-year old to do now. But he recently wanted to play again and it never hurts to review basic skills, especially in such a fun way!

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.