Friday, February 10, 2012

Numbers 1-10

Book Suggestions:

Numbers by Eric Hill
Numbers by Ophelie Texier
My First Number Board Book by DK Publishing
Numbers (Learning with Animals Series) by Melanie Watt
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten by Jane Yolen
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by Jeff Sayre
Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
Big Trucks and Diggers One to Ten: Counting by Caterpillar

Activities:

Ping Pong Counting:
Materials: ten ping pong balls, sock, permanent marker
Description: Write the numbers 1-10 on ten ping pong balls. Place all the balls into a large sock (or box or other container). Have your toddler put their hand in the sock and pull out a ball. See if your toddler can tell you the number written on the ball. Once all the balls have been pulled out of the sock, help your toddler put the balls in order from 1-10.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Sorting by 10:
Materials: Skittles (or other candy with a variety of colors)
Description: Count out 10 red skittle, 10 yellow Skittles, 10 Green Skittles (etc.). Put all the skittles together in a pile and have your toddler sort them by color. Once all the skittles are sorted into different piles, have your little one count the ten skittles in each group.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to sort by color, teach your tot to count

Match Numbers 1-10:
Materials: 10 ping pong balls (can use the same ones that you used for the first activity), permanent marker, egg carton
Description: Cut off two egg holders of the egg carton, so that there are only 10 sections. Write the numbers 1-10 with a permanent marker on the ping pong balls. Also, write the numbers 1-10 in each compartment of the egg carton. Have your toddler match the ping pong balls to the correct section of the egg carton. (For example: Place the ping pong ball with the number 1 in the egg carton section with number 1 written in it.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to match numbers 1-10, teach your tot one to one correspondence, teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition

Bingo Dobber Counting:
Materials: Bingo Stamps (can be found at Wal-mart), large piece of paper, markers
Description: Using a marker, divide a large piece of white paper into ten sections (5 on top and 5 on the bottom would probably work best). Write the numbers 1-10 in each section. Count the numbers with your toddler. Give your toddler a bingo stamp and have them stamp one time in the section with number 1, 2 stamps in the section with number 2...continue doing this for all the numbers 1-10.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot one to one correspondence, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Counting Beans:
Materials: egg carton, dried beans, marker
Description: Cut off two sections of an egg carton, so that there are 10 sections instead of 12 (you can use the egg carton from the above activity). Write the numbers 1-10 in each section. Count 1-10 with your toddler, pointing at each number as you count. Give your toddler a handful of beans. Have them put one bean in the section marked 1. 2 beans in the section marked 2. Continue to do this for all numbers 1-10. (I used beads instead of dried beans…you could use any small object.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot one to one correspondence, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Graph 1-10:
Materials: paper, marker, m&ms (or other small candy or beans)
Description: Using a marker divide a piece of paper into a graph with ten rows and ten columns. You could also make a graph using your computer and print it onto a piece of paper. Write the numbers 1-10 at the bottom of each column. Give your toddler a handful of m&ms (or other small candy or bean). Have your toddler place one piece of candy in the column above the number 1, 2 pieces of candy above the number 2...continue to do this for all the numbers 1-10. Your toddler is not only counting, but also making a graph. When they are finished, you could extend this activity by talking to your little one about which column has the most pieces of candy and which column has the least.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot one to one correspondence, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot to understand more and less, teach your tot to compare and contrast

Photo Fun:
Materials: Items found around your house to count and take pictures of (could be anything that you or your toddler chooses), camera
Description: Have your toddler choose objects around the house that they want to take pictures of and count. (It could be anything from toy cars to bananas. You could also use a variety of all different objects). Start with number one. Have your toddler count out 1 object and take a picture of it. Next have your toddler count out 2 of the object and take a picture. Continue to do this for the numbers 1-10. Print all 10 pictures and write the numbers 1-10 on each picture using a marker (or you could write it using text on your computer before you print it). You could post these pictures on the refrigerator or around your house, or you could place them in 4X6 album and make a number book.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Fingers and Toes:
Materials: finger-paint, paper, marker
Description: Have your toddler paint both of their hands with finger-paint. Stamp both hands onto a piece of paper next to each other. When the paint dries, have your toddler count their fingers on the paper. Count them again, as your write the numbers 1-10 on each finger. You can do this activity again using your toddler’s feet and toes.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Learn Your Phone Number:
Materials: large piece of paper, markers, post its
Description: This would be a great week to teach your toddler their phone number. Write your phone number on a large piece of paper and have your toddler tell you all the numbers. Continue to practice saying the numbers daily. Cover each number with a post it and see if your toddler can say it without looking at the numbers. Uncover each number as your toddler says it. If they can't remember the numbers uncover them one at a time to help your child remember. You can also have your toddler practice pressing their phone number into a telephone.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot memory development, teach your tot life skills

Gloves:
Materials: a cheap pair of gloves, marker
Description: Write numbers 1-10 on each finger of a pair of gloves. Have your toddler put on the gloves and sing the song Ten Little Fingers (found below under Songs and Fingerplays). Help your toddler hold up the correct finger as they sing the song.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development


Songs and Fingerplays:

10 Little Fingers:
Sung to the tune of 10 Little Indians:

1 little 2 little 3 little fingers
4 little 5 little 6 little fingers
7 little 8 little 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hand.

I like Counting:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

I like counting, yes I do
yes I do, yes I do
I like counting, yes I do
I can count to 10.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
7, 8, ,9 and 10
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
7, 8, 9, 10

Online Fun:

videos:

Visit www.sesamestreet.org for a variety of videos about counting numbers 1-10.
Play counting games at www.sesamestreet.org as well!

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