Last week we took a week of focusing on numbers. I introduced the 5 year olds to the word "math". I explained that when they get to kindergarten this is something they will work on...even have math homework! They were very enthusiastic! With the that, we worked on shape patterning, adding simple numbers, recognizing numbers in the 20's and much more. Here are some games, crafts and manipulative that we worked on.
|Number Collage: Using numbers from all corners of my room (I don't know where half the c#@p I own comes from) we collaged them onto paper. The 3's class really enjoyed it.|
|Another version of the Number Book: I made these from newsprint paper. Just folded in half with staples along the edge. This time along with the numeral I wrote the number word for them to trace.|
|File Folder Game: Ten In The Bed. Using a file folder, turn it sideways. Use a piece of scrap fabric to make a "blanket". Tape it on the sides and bottom, but not the top. You want to be able to "tuck" the bears in. On the top portion of the folder make a bed frame. Then make little bears(or any animal/child of your choice) numbered 1-10 on a wheel. Use a brad near the bottom middle so it can spin. Make sense? Do you know the rhyme? Here is a version I found online. At the end when there is one left, we say "I'm lonely, come join me" then we can count backwards and then all will be back in bed. :)|
|Number Ladder: I found some old business cards, punched holes (kids could also do this if time allows), wrote numbers with the highlighter and then they laced the numbers counting backwards.|