My name is Sarah and I will be sharing a day all about numbers. First, I share a story about Leo the Ladybird who learnt to count. Next, we go on a number hunt around the garden, following clues to find the hidden numbers. Then I share an activity about missing numbers and then make our own simple snakes and ladders board to play with. Then we play pom pom count, which is a great fun game to help us with our counting. We end the day with the story ’The Tale of the Butterfly’ a rhyming story about a butterfly who saves the day.
The Ladybird Story
Sarah shares her tale of Leo the Ladybird Leo the ladybird wakes up one morning to find his family have disappeared. Sarah’s story teaches children about counting objects in their natural environment and how fun this can be. Sarah develops children’s understanding of matching pictures and numbers together using a fun puzzle activity with ladybird pictures and numbers. This supports children’s number recognition and counting with a purpose. It also extends children’s knowledge of the value of numbers linking them to addition number sentences.
Sarah takes you on a number hunt around the garden.
This is a fun interactive game to play with children. Sarah reads out clues for her and her daughter to solve. Eva finds the magnetic numbers that are hidden around the garden.
This activity supports children’s communication and language development. It develops their understanding of number recognition and 1 more than and 1 less than.
Sarah shares a fun way to find the missing numbers up to 20.
Sarah uses lollipop sticks and pegs to show children how they can find the missing numbers in a sequence.
Sarah shares a snakes and ladders board that has numbers missing. Sarah asks for your help to find the missing numbers.
These activities develop children’s number recognition and support counting up to 20.
Pom Pom Count
Sarah shares a fun game you can play to match objects with numbers.
Sarah demonstrates how you can use pom poms, straws and pots labelled with numbers to create a fun counting game.
Sarah plays the game together with Eva. The winner is the first person to fill all their pots with the correct amount of pom poms.
This activity develops a child’s independence to count and the value of a number. It supports learning in a fun and interactive way.
If you've finished these and still have time for fun...
There are more fun counting activities for early years.
The Tale of the Butterfly
Sarah shares her story called ‘The Tale of the Butterfly’.
This is a short rhyming story about how a little butterfly helps a little girl called Kate. The story shares with children that we can learn so much from nature, we just have to listen.