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by | Feb 22, 2014 | , , , , , , , |

Lots of our continuous provision areas are set up to allow the exploration of numbers in some way or other.

I thought I would share some of the activities we have completed recently…

I made a some number strips, but left out missing numbers. The children used magnetic letters to fill in the gaps. As the strips are laminated, it would be possible to use a dry wipe pen to write the missing numbers on instead.

Simple cards with numbers written in the corners. The children place the dominoes on once they have counted the spots. With some children, I was able to talk about simple number sentences; others just counted the total number .

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Throw the dice & place a glass nugget in the corresponding number column. If you provide a dice with spots on the children need to be able to recognise the number in order to place the nugget in the correct column. A numbered dice would support numeral matching, for those not yet recognising numbers.

I love loose parts, & added a bowl of numbers to a table with them. When I worked with them in this area, we used the numbers to make simple counting & matching games. There was also the opportunity to create symmetrical patterns.

Of course, without me there, some just chose to create transient art with the loose parts, but there is still mathematical thinking happening…

Pebbles & an old wooden game board…

I let the children do what they wished with this. The majority of them used one-to-one correspondence by placing a single stone in each square. Great for fine motor skills too!

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Super simple! Numbered cards with spotted patterns for subitising. Wherever possible, I try to follow the same patterns that are on dice or playing cards, as this supports that quick recognition of ‘amount’. The activity was to support fine motor skills as well as number recognition.

Christmas beaded garlands were bought in the sale for this activity. I snipped them into different lengths . With me there, we counted them & used numbered glass nuggets or wooden numbers, to sort & identify them. Without me there, they made pretty patterns…

Ordering numbers in the sand…

A number is written on each lolly stick for them to identify & order. The children only did this when working with me. The rest of the time they were buried in the sand…

Choosing a number & threading the corresponding amount of beads…

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This was a finger gym activity & is self-explanatory! The children could choose between using a wooden number or more numbered glass nuggets. I have also drawn spots on the back of these nuggets as they are larger.

More one-to-one correspondence, this time with a patterned game board…

This is a great board for talking about pattern. The children made up simple games with each other or just used the board to create more patterns.

I saw this activity on quite a while ago & put the same resources out for the children to explore.

Using fingers to write numbers in coloured sand on the ‘lightbox’…

Fun with Numbers

Together, we wrote numbers & also matched the laminated cellophane numbers with the correct amount of nuggets.

The children had the opportunity to identify & match the numbered corks to each gel number, however, they only really did this when I was working with them.

Numbers can be added to anything!

What activities do you do to support number recognition & counting skills?

Rachel Shaw on 22/02/2014 at 9:13 am

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Gorgeous activities as always. My children love the play dough activity too. Have added numbered candles before too with this. I do the button number activity too but never thought to add spots to the card. Will get making!! I know what you mean about the children burying in the sand. I buried coins with numbers on as buried treasure and they loved digging for the gold! Especially the boys. Have been thinking about how to add number to building area other than numbered blocks!- any ideas? Rach x Thanks again for inspiration. Love getting my email updates!!

Rachel on 22/02/2014 at 2:44 pm

Yes, we use numbered candles with play dough, too. They often snap though. Heavy handed children!

The boys in my class would love the buried coins idea. We’ve had a pirates small world this week & they loved the maps etc

Will have a think about numbers in the building area. Hmmm…

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Chris on 02/07/2014 at 12:11 pm

Loved your activities! Planning to go back to teaching preschool and am definitely in the beauty/natural materials camp, so learning more about Reggio and such is a great joy.

AFA Ms Shaw’s question, just wanted to say that unit blocks and other types are, of course, already a mathmatical manipulative. There are many concepts to learn that do not use numerals but encourage numerical thinking! You probably know this. ????

But with numerals, you could–Draw a huge numeral on the floor w/tape or chalk and have them build on it, have them pick a number out of a basket and use that many blocks to make something , count the blocks in a structure they’ve made and take their picture with it, then write the number on the pic and make a book with the pictures and numbers–program it something like “Kyle used 3 blocks!” “Awisha used 10 blocks!” You could graph how many blocks they used and leave the graph up in the building area.

Rachel on 02/07/2014 at 5:36 pm

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Great ideas, thanks Chris! ????

Debbie on 15/09/2014 at 7:53 pm

I am a teaching assistant and have just started my second year in the foundation stage after many years in key stage 1 and 2. I am so excited by your ideas and am so grateful to have discovered your website. I can’t wait to try them out with my new class.

Rachel on 15/09/2014 at 7:56 pm

Thank you for your lovely comment, Debbie! Made my day!

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Natalie on 10/04/2015 at 1:00 pm

Are these resources available to print?

Rachel on 10/04/2015 at 1:05 pm

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by | Feb 22, 2014 | , , , , , , , |

Lots of our continuous provision areas are set up to allow the exploration of numbers in some way or other.

I thought I would share some of the activities we have completed recently…

Fun with Numbers

I made a some number strips, but left out missing numbers. The children used magnetic letters to fill in the gaps. As the strips are laminated, it would be possible to use a dry wipe pen to write the missing numbers on instead.

Simple cards with numbers written in the corners. The children place the dominoes on once they have counted the spots. With some children, I was able to talk about simple number sentences; others just counted the total number .

Throw the dice & place a glass nugget in the corresponding number column. If you provide a dice with spots on the children need to be able to recognise the number in order to place the nugget in the correct column. A numbered dice would support numeral matching, for those not yet recognising numbers.

I love loose parts, & added a bowl of numbers to a table with them. When I worked with them in this area, we used the numbers to make simple counting & matching games. There was also the opportunity to create symmetrical patterns.

Of course, without me there, some just chose to create transient art with the loose parts, but there is still mathematical thinking happening…

Fun with Numbers

Pebbles & an old wooden game board…

I let the children do what they wished with this. The majority of them used one-to-one correspondence by placing a single stone in each square. Great for fine motor skills too!

Super simple! Numbered cards with spotted patterns for subitising. Wherever possible, I try to follow the same patterns that are on dice or playing cards, as this supports that quick recognition of ‘amount’. The activity was to support fine motor skills as well as number recognition.

Christmas beaded garlands were bought in the sale for this activity. I snipped them into different lengths . With me there, we counted them & used numbered glass nuggets or wooden numbers, to sort & identify them. Without me there, they made pretty patterns…

Ordering numbers in the sand…

Fun with Numbers

A number is written on each lolly stick for them to identify & order. The children only did this when working with me. The rest of the time they were buried in the sand…

Choosing a number & threading the corresponding amount of beads…

This was a finger gym activity & is self-explanatory! The children could choose between using a wooden number or more numbered glass nuggets. I have also drawn spots on the back of these nuggets as they are larger.

More one-to-one correspondence, this time with a patterned game board…

This is a great board for talking about pattern. The children made up simple games with each other or just used the board to create more patterns.

Fun with Numbers

I saw this activity on quite a while ago & put the same resources out for the children to explore.

Using fingers to write numbers in coloured sand on the ‘lightbox’…

Together, we wrote numbers & also matched the laminated cellophane numbers with the correct amount of nuggets.

The children had the opportunity to identify & match the numbered corks to each gel number, however, they only really did this when I was working with them.

Numbers can be added to anything!

Fun with Numbers

What activities do you do to support number recognition & counting skills?

Rachel Shaw on 22/02/2014 at 9:13 am

Gorgeous activities as always. My children love the play dough activity too. Have added numbered candles before too with this. I do the button number activity too but never thought to add spots to the card. Will get making!! I know what you mean about the children burying in the sand. I buried coins with numbers on as buried treasure and they loved digging for the gold! Especially the boys. Have been thinking about how to add number to building area other than numbered blocks!- any ideas? Rach x Thanks again for inspiration. Love getting my email updates!!

Rachel on 22/02/2014 at 2:44 pm

Yes, we use numbered candles with play dough, too. They often snap though. Heavy handed children!

Fun with Numbers

The boys in my class would love the buried coins idea. We’ve had a pirates small world this week & they loved the maps etc

Will have a think about numbers in the building area. Hmmm…

Chris on 02/07/2014 at 12:11 pm

Loved your activities! Planning to go back to teaching preschool and am definitely in the beauty/natural materials camp, so learning more about Reggio and such is a great joy.

AFA Ms Shaw’s question, just wanted to say that unit blocks and other types are, of course, already a mathmatical manipulative. There are many concepts to learn that do not use numerals but encourage numerical thinking! You probably know this. ????

Fun with Numbers

But with numerals, you could–Draw a huge numeral on the floor w/tape or chalk and have them build on it, have them pick a number out of a basket and use that many blocks to make something , count the blocks in a structure they’ve made and take their picture with it, then write the number on the pic and make a book with the pictures and numbers–program it something like “Kyle used 3 blocks!” “Awisha used 10 blocks!” You could graph how many blocks they used and leave the graph up in the building area.

Rachel on 02/07/2014 at 5:36 pm

Great ideas, thanks Chris! ????

Debbie on 15/09/2014 at 7:53 pm

I am a teaching assistant and have just started my second year in the foundation stage after many years in key stage 1 and 2. I am so excited by your ideas and am so grateful to have discovered your website. I can’t wait to try them out with my new class.

Fun with Numbers

Rachel on 15/09/2014 at 7:56 pm

Thank you for your lovely comment, Debbie! Made my day!

Natalie on 10/04/2015 at 1:00 pm

Are these resources available to print?

Rachel on 10/04/2015 at 1:05 pm

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