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Numbers and Counters with Apples

Numbers and Counters activities such as that illustrated here helps children with math development and visualization skills. Children learn to pair numbers with their physical quantity and helps them develop an understanding of odd and even numbers.
This is a slight variation to the traditional number of counters activity, which typically includes number cards and counters. Here the children made finger prints, corresponding to the given number. They counted out while doing this.

I am, how many apples tall?

This is both a counting out exercise as well as a measurement activity. During the year, the children are introduced to various concepts of size, such as thick/thin, long/short, heavy/light, large/small. Understanding of these concepts are important building blocks for the understanding of measurement. Here the children used apples to measure out one another’s sizes.

Graphing our favorite Brown Bear characters

For this activity, the children where allocated to one of two groups. They each then decided on which Brown Bear character was their favorite. These where then grouped and sorted, and then recorded on the graph. Doing graphs with younger children is a clear and effective transition from the concrete to the abstract, by the recording of concrete data on to a bar graph. They then had fun reading the graph back to each other, clearly identifying they favorite characters. Note: interestingly, for the older group (3-4yrs) the Brown Bear came out ontop, whereas with the younger group (2-3yrs) the frog was a favorite 🙂

Pattern Recognition

Today we learnt about how fast the Ostrich can run! Which is approximately 70 km/h, over a period of 30 minutes – impressive! We started by looking at four different bird types (Ostrich, peacock, chicken and duck) and then ordered them from fastest to slowest. Obviously this was interrupted by each child having to demonstrate just how fast they can run! Later, each was given a paper strip with illustrations of each bird. They then cut these out and sorted them according to speed. This was aided by ordered cards. This exercise was good for pattern recognition as well as fine motor skills used for cutting, sticking and coloring.

Sorting Activity

I have posted a couple of examples of sorting activities, which basically includes the selecting of similar items, grouping them together, and allowing the child to sort them. Through this activity the child’s senses are integrated, and their need to order and classify is being developed. It is important not to impose our adult views on how things should be sorted, here it is important to let the child take the lead and decide on their own categories, whether it be color, shape, size or quantity. Children love this activity.