Math Counts

Numeration Cake Time

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

Candy with different numbers on them ready for children to learn math and counting skills | Bright Horizons | Child care centers

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate an understanding of numeration and addition.

Materials Needed:

  • Playdough
  • Birthday candles

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Ask your child to create a birthday cake with the playdough and add the number of candles that were on your child’s cake on their last birthday. Ask, how old were you? How many candles will you need on your next birthday?
  2. Challenge your child to create playdough cakes for their siblings, other family members, or friends. Ask, how many candles should be on each of those cakes? Is it more or less than your cake?

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