lily pad number game: get kids up, moving, and counting!
The following guest post is written by Emma Craig. Emma writes P is for Preschooler blog which is totally worth checking out if you have a little one at home!
It recently came to my attention recently that Kay does not know what numbers mean. Sure, she can count, but she doesn’t get that “8″ means eight things. I believe the fancy name is 1:1 correspondence. Whatever the case, it’s something we need to work on.
So when I saw this Lily Pad Hop from Toddler Approved, I wanted to give it a try.
- Lily Pad Number Game:
Kay isn’t usually one to just sit and work on numbers or letters – in fact, if it has the slightest whiff of being educational, she tunes out.
But this involved jumping! I cut out some rudimentary lily pads from heavy paper, numbered them 1-9 and bought new stickers for the occasion.
At first she started putting one sticker on each lily pad, but then I reminded her that “This lily pad needs 5 stickers. Can we do it?” Of course! She carefully counted and recounted until all the stickers were on.
Now, the fun part.
We placed them on the floor in the sun room. I’d ask her, “Can you get me the 6 and 7?” and she’d run to the table to bring them to me.
I heard her counting the stickers when she didn’t know what the number was, and I had to smile.
Finally they were all set out and – hopping time!
This was undoubtedly her favorite part, and I joined in too.
I do wonder what people walking by our house at the time thought when they kept hearing, “Ribbit, ribbit!” over and over again!
I think our neighbors are starting to expect strange things from us anyway!How do you and your children play with numbers?
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Emma Craig is a stay-at-home mom to 4-year-old Kay. They keep busy through the day, all while sneaking in a little learning along the way. You can read more at: http://pisforpreschooler.