- several sets of dice
- magnetic numbers
Objective: Children will engage in counting games to learn how to count with their fingers and identify numbers.
1 Invite children to play math-counting games using their fingers. Ask them if they have ever used their fingers for counting. Have they ever showed someone how old they are using their fingers?
2 Ask children to count how many fingers they have on one hand, then to hold up four fingers. Can they use both hands and think of another way to show "four"? Invite them to do the same with other numbers. How many different ways can they show "four" using their fingers?
3 Divide children into groups of four. Give each group several magnetic numbers. Ask one child in each group to select a number while the others in the group find different ways to show that particular number using their fingers.
4 Try reversing the game. Invite children to take turns showing numbers on their fingers, while one child in the group selects the magnetic number being represented.
5 Place the magnetic numbers on a magnetic board to encourage further math investigations. Provide children with other counting items such as bears, discs, or buttons to use for representing different numerals. Later, give children dice and ask them to find ways to count the numbers that appear on each die.
Curriculum Connection: Music
Let's Make a Fingerplay! Recite a favorite fingerplay with the class, such as "Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" or "Where Is Thumbkin?" Invite children to work together to create a new fingerplay. Can they think of characters and settings to base their fingerplay on, such as birds in trees or fish in the sea or children in school? Record their ideas and words on chart paper. If they have several ideas, develop them one at a time and create a few new games.
The Handmade Counting Book by Laura Rankin
The M&M's Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Ten Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee