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Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery
See also: Shapes
Crafts & Activities
Take the kids on a number safari.
Drive around town and ask your child to look for numbers in street signs,
store signs and on license plates. Ask them to call out the numbers
they find. Help them if they are having problems recognizing them.
They should be able to recognize numbers, up to 10, before they enter kindergarten.
Connect the dots. Have your child select
a few dot to dot coloring books from a bookstore or department store.
It doesn't matter what they choose, recognizing number sequencing is what
is important. They will learn that 2 follows 1; 3 follows 2, etc.
Let your child make a phone call to a friend
or family member. Write down the phone number for them on a piece
of paper. Let your child dial the number so that he can practice
reading the numbers left to right.
Go on a counting walk in your neighborhood
and count everything around you. Count the pickets in the neighbors fence,
count the pets you see, count the street lights, count the cracks in the
sidewalk, count the people you meet.
Count and sort household items. Mix up the
knives, forks, and spoons from the silverware drawer and have your child
group them by type and count how many there are in each group. Do the same
with your sock drawer (by color, by size), your child's stuffed animal
collection (group the animals by big and small; put all the bears together).
Have your child help you fold and sort laundry. How many socks are there?
How many T-shirts? Have him divide them into groups.
Go on a shape search around the house. Look
for squares, triangles, circles, stars — any kind of shape. Make shape
cookies. Cut shapes out of colored construction paper and have your child
name them as they create a shape picture.
Make a counting book. Have your child print
the numbers 1 - 10 (or 1-20 depending on their age) on separate pieces
of paper. Give them old magazines or catalogs to cut out and glue
to the numbered pages. Page 1= 1 apple; page 2 = 2 birds; page 3 = 3 toys;
Make fun out of snack time. Let your
child count out the correct number of graham wafers; raisins; gummi bears;
apple slices, etc.
Number Challenge. Printable pattern for a number challenge
board and playing cards that I created.
Introduce volume and weight. Make
your favorite cookie recipe and give your child the measuring cups and
bowls and let them measure out the ingredients as you read the recipe directions
Putting Things In Order
Group objects on a table (crayons, coins, pencils,
sticks, shoes, bowls, stones. etc.). Each item in a group of items
should be different in size, color, weight. Ask the children to put
things in order by length, height, total size, weight and color.
Talk about the differences and add a second criteria to the sorting - by
color and size, for instance. Once the children have mastered this,
have them put unlike objects in order by size or weight. This helps
to understand concepts as bigger, longer, heavier and to qualities in the
things around them.
Estimating. Place m&m's, beans,
pennies, or other small items (5 - 10, depending on age) in a plastic clear
cup. Ask your child to guess how many items are in the cup.
After they guess, let them count the items and see how close they were.
As they improve, add more items to the cup.
Take away Items. Give your child a
bowl with 10 items inside; m&m's, smarties, beans, pennies or other
small items. Make cards with the numbers 1-10 on them. Place
them face down and have your child draw a card. Ask them to remove
as many items from the bowl as is on the card. Count how many are
left in the bowl. Repeat until your child tires of the game!
Set the Table. Ask your child how
many people are eating dinner today. Ask your child to set the table
helping them count out the correct number of forks, spoons, knives, plates,
cups, glasses, napkins, etc. and help them set them out.
Make a game out of sorting and classifying objects.
Toys can be lined up shortest to tallest. Socks, mittens and gloves or
shoes can be dumped into piles and sorted into pairs or by color or type.
Measure objects in unconventional ways.
Use a line of teddy graham bears to measure a spoon - how many does it
take?; how many foot steps (heel to toe) to get from one side of the room
to the other;
Apple Board Game
Cut out an apple tree shape from brown and green
construction paper; laminate for durability. Cut out apple shapes from
red construction paper. Make small cards and number from 1 - 5. The children
can take turns choosing a card and placing the correct number of apples
on the tree.
Songs, Finger Plays & Nursery
Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed;
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"
Four little monkeys jumping on the bed..."
(continue until the last
one falls off the bed...SHOUT the last line "No More monkeys jumping of
the bed!" and shake your finger at each other!
Recommended Books/Tapes/Other Resources
Count and See, by Tana Hoban
The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins (a
book about dividing cookies among an ever-growing number of children)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (with
days of the week & counting)
Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina (showing
position in space).
Raffi's "Five Little Frogs" (counting)
and "I Wonder if I'm Growing" (height) (songs on tape)
for the wonderful
graphics for this page.
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