This activity is available in the “Activity Garden,” which is located on the top menu bar of the Simplicity Happens webpage! Read on to find out more!

Let’s get muddy with the piggy’s puddles game! This activity incorporates a cute piggy-puddle theme for both counting and number identification skills within a game format! 

This activity is available (totally free) in the Activity Garden. If you would like access to free activities for your toddler/preschooler from the Activity Garden, you can sign up below:

The contents of this activity, such as text, graphics, images, information, as well as other material and content contained in this activity are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your child’s development.

This activity features language and cognitive development concepts children learn throughout their early childhood years as a toddler, preschooler, and within their early elementary school years. Specific age milestone information can be found with a simple internet search!

Let’s PLAY!

Create the Activity:

First, let’s print and laminate the Piggy’s Puddles Activity.

Next, cut out the piggy cutouts and count them with your little ones! 

Count them all! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

If you’ve read through my other tutorials, this is where I discuss the use of dot adhesives. However, I’ve decided to not use them for this activity because of the game format aspect (continue reading to find out more). With that being said, use dot adhesives or magnets if you’d like!

If you decide to use the dot adhesives (or magnets): attach either dot adhesives (soft side) for use in your child’s interactive binder book or magnets for use on a magnet board to the back of the piggy cutouts.

Then, attach either dot adhesives (soft side) for use in your child’s interactive binder book or magnets for use on a magnet board to the back of the picture cutouts. Additionally, attach dot adhesives (rough side) to the puddle background scene. Note: Adult Supervision is required. Use caution with the magnets, dot adhesives, and small pieces as they are not intended for use with children under the age of 3. Please use caution and supervise your child with the dot adhesives, magnets and small pieces when working on this activity. Only work on activities that you feel are safe for your child. Warning: Choking Hazard. Children under 3 should not participate in any activities that involve small pieces.

Is your child under 3? The Activity Garden includes a modified version of this activity available in bigger print for younger toddlers. Small pieces, magnets, and dot adhesives are not intended for use with the bigger print activities. Please remember that adult supervision is required with all activities shared on Simplicity Happens. Just a kind reminder to stay safe and have fun while learning with your little ones!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get back to the activity!

Find some dice around the house or make some dice out of foam squares!

I couldn’t find any dice so I made these out of foam squares!

The game is ready! Let’s PLAY!

Counting Skills

We set up the game by using the puddle background and six plump pigs!

First, my son rolls the die (we only use one die since he’s still in the process of learning how to count).
He rolls a four! He counts the dots on the dice with my support.
He counts the pigs and places them on the puddle. 1, 2, 3…
and 4!
Now it’s mama’s turn! We count the dots together, and then we counted out and placed six pigs on the puddle. Did I mention this game is also great for sharing and taking turns?
Now it’s his turn! He rolls a five. We count the dots and place five pigs on the puddle.

I can also keep a record of his learning to support his knowledge during future play activities in my “Activity Garden: Goal Tracking Sheets” booklet:

This booklet includes over 40 tracking sheets for use with the activities in the Activity Garden. The booklet is available in the Simplicity Happens store.

Number Identification Skills

I keep a record of his counting skills during the game with the “Activity Garden: Goal Tracking Sheets.”

Example of “counting” and “number identification tracking sheet. The booklet also includes tracking sheets for counting 1-6 and 1-20.

Once we are finished playing with the game, we store the piggy’s in a zip pouch for later use!

What did you and your little ones enjoy most about this activity? Let me know in the comments below!

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