During walks through our neighborhood, my oldest son loves to count things. He'll count birds, stepping stones, cars... you name it. The only catch is that his counting sounds something like this, "1, 2, 3... 7, 8, 9." So to help him work on the numbers between 3 and 7, we have been playing plenty of number games. This activity from Making Learning Fun has quickly become one of our favorites. It's simple to make (a plus for me) and is a fun, hands-on activity (a big plus for my son).
How we did it:
- pasta - mini-wheels
- paper (10 index cards)
Before playing the game with my son for the first time, I used markers to create these cards. I wrote a number between 1 and 10 at the top of each one, drew the matching number of snowflakes in the middle of the card, and added a snowman (for decoration) to the bottom.
Then I invited my son over to join me. We read the number at the top together and counted the snowflakes I'd drawn below. My son reached into the bowl of "snowflakes" (mini wheel pasta) and pulled out two pieces. He carefully placed one wheel on each black snowflake and counted, "1, 2."
We continued playing until we covered all of the cards with the correct number of snowflakes. But our fun wasn't finished yet! We then worked together to place the cards in a line from one to ten. The extra step was a great way to help my son see that some numbers are bigger than others. And now those tricky numbers 4, 5 and 6 don't seem quite as difficult after all.