This is one of my favorite preschool math activities because well, tacos. Tacos are the thing here in our house. We are in Southern California and good Mexican food is easy to find around here so we have tacos at least once a week. But more important than the tacos this is one of those preschool math activities that is super engaging and your kiddos don’t even know that they are learning. 

I had so much fun setting up a little taco shop in my living room with both kiddos and handing them a taco recipe so that they could make their momma some lunch. Rea was working on her pre-reading skills as she read each recipe and D practiced his color and shape identification as he learned each ingredient. Then they both practiced counting and one to one correspondence as they built each taco. 

For this preschool math activity, your kiddos will work on counting, pre-reading, color identification, and shape identification all while they play pretend and make some “tacos”.

Focus Skills

Speaking and Listening

  • Follow two-step directions

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-10
  • Understand values of numbers 0-10


  • Identify common 2-dimensional shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, heart, star, circle, semi-circle, oval, diamond

Visual Arts

  • Identify basic colors


  • Engage in pretend play
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use a phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them

Required Materials

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Preschool Math Activities- Build a Taco



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    Step #1
    Print and cut out the Preschool Math Activities – Build A Taco template.
    Step #2

    Fold a yellow circle in half with the yellow color facing out. This will be your taco shell.

    Step #3
    Follow each taco recipe and add the corresponding ingredients to your taco.
    Step #4

    “Enjoy” your taco.

    Step #5

    Repeat this process for all 4 recipes.

    Teacher Tip

    There all only enough taco ingredients for one taco to be made at a time. This is to keep you from having to cut out a million shapes. However, you can use pre-cut foam shapes if you have some on hand or skip the template for the shapes and cut the shapes freehand on construction paper. 


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