Number identification can be annoying to teach- there I said it. Sure, I could simply create a wall chart and tell my kids to stare at it until they know all the numbers there or I can use my brain cells and try a fun math game to help. This week’s theme for #TeachECE is pets and so I created a pets math game that both my kids can use.
Have you ever asked your kids to identify a number and they tell you something else? Case in point, my son believes that 14 is 1 no matter how many times I say, “No C, this is the number 14”. I figured the best way to help him to come to terms that numbers don’t just stop at 9 is to get his sister in on the action. Sure it’s sneaky but he loves to follow his big sister.
WHAT YOU NEED
Before you can start all the fun you need a few things: (Please note that affiliate links are used below for your convenience):
- Cardstock for printing
- Printer (we absolutely love our Epson Stylus NX530 )
- Pets Find the Hidden Number Sheet (at the end of the post)
- Pen, pencil, or a crayon to mark the numbers found
Pet Books for Your Kids to Read
The Perfect PetNational Geographic Kids Everything Pets: Furry facts, photos, and fun-unleashed!Biscuit Visits the DoctorPet Show! (Picture Puffins)National Geographic Kids Amazing Pets Sticker Activity Book: Over 1,000 Stickers!Oh, the Pets You Can Get!: All About Our Animal Friends (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)How to Draw Pets (Dover How to Draw)
HOW TO PLAY
- Print the Pets Find the Hidden Number sheet out on card stock or regular paper.
- Give your child a pencil or crayon. Allow them to find the numbers 1-10 in the picture.
- For every number they have found, they need to sing it out loud. My kids get a kick out of doing things differently.
Helpful Tips For Find The Hidden Numbers Pets Math Game
If you are conserving on ink (and who wouldn’t), there is a black and white version of the sheet included in the pack. Allow your kids to find the numbers and then color the pictures.
You can also use a magnifying glass to make the activity even more enjoyable. A similar example is our Find the Letter Fall Clip Cards that J did last year.