Now that Little H has mastered all of her colours, we have moved on to strengthening her knowledge of numbers. She can easily count from 1 to 10 on her own but does she really know what a number means or what it represents? No, not entirely.
Here is a game I’ve introduced to Little H that is very easy to prepare or put together.
As you already know, I collect junk I find around the house or at the dollar store. The jars in the photo above contain bread tags and marble rocks. I use the junk containers for many things but in this activity, we use them for counting and representing the numbers 1 through 10.
You can make these number sheets yourself very easily on your computer or you can get them from school like I did ( befits of being a teacher). When I’ve made them myself, I placed the numbers 1-3, 4-6 and 8-9 on three separate work mats. I added the matching amount of black dots underneath each number and then printed them out. You could even make these sheets by hand. It’s not very difficult. I recommend though that you laminate them if you want them to last longer. Simple clear kitchen lining works wonders for a fast, do-it-yourself laminating fix.
The girls and I call this activity The Numbers Game. We play with it in different ways. Little H is mostly using it to make sense of counting and what it means when we say 1, 2 or 3. Using junk to count and represent numbers really helps Little H to understand that when she says the number 3 it actually represents three things.
Little H can play with these number sheets forever. When she gets bored, we change things up and make up rules for a new way to use the number sheets and junk containers. Bringing dice into the game adds a whole new level of fun.
Isn’t it amazing how something so simple and easy to put together can be both fun and educational?