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For us as adults recognising that dots in a row is 3 on a die, or the fact that a square shape of dots with a dot in the centre is 5 is easy it’s something that we just know from playing board games, domino’s and arrangements of patterns when we were in school. For our little ones it’s something that together with counting and number recognition of the words and numerals it’s the 3rd spoke of the wheel on numbers. Today the #TeachECE theme is Numbers 1 to 5 so we’re working on recognising those number patterns as well as numbers.
Although we’ve done this activity indoors I’ve provided an alternative suggestion for doing the same activity outside and on a larger scale great for getting those little bodies moving around and learning at the same time.
- Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0–5
- Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 10 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 5 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–10, count out that many objects.
5 Wooden Circles from Spielgaben set 9
15 Dots or beads from Spielgaben set 10
Large sheet of Paper
Write the numbers 1 to 5 on the large sheet of paper giving lots of space between them
Set up each of the circles with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 dots or beads in as you would see on a dice
Place the circles with dots in randomly around the paper
How Many? 0 to 5 number pattern recognition
We started off with looking at the numbers that I had written on the paper – going through the numbers in random order first and then in numerical order.
Once I was certain that she knew the placement of each of the numbers we then looked at the patterns.
I said “Find me the circle with 1 in?”, “Which circle has 2 dots in?”, then asked her to point to another circle and I asked her “How many dots is there – without counting!”.
It was interesting 1, 2 and 3 she was great on 4 and 5 caused some problems. We then looked just at those two, talking about the similarities – the dots made a square shape, and the differences one had a dot in the centre, different coloured dots.
We then moved each of the circle in numerical order over to the correct number. Dragging it across the sheet of paper and positioning it on top.
Adapting for outdoors
Position the numbers around the garden similar to how we did on our number activity here and then inside the hula hoop place the balls in the same arrangement as we did with the circles. You can use 1 hula hoop and after the hoop has moved swap them out and change up the number pattern. Or if you have 5 hula hoops and at least 15 balls then set them up and get the children to drag them to the correct numbers as well.
More counting activities from the #TeachECE team
Establishing REAL RELATIONSHIPS with NUMBERS in Preschool! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Gross Motor Number Line by Still Playing School
How Many? 0 to 5 Number Pattern Recognition by Rainy Day Mum
Free Counting to 5 Game: Construction Theme by Life Over C’s
0-5 Number Games with Dry Erase Apple Cards by Tiny Tots Adventures
I Spy Activity by Munchkins and Moms
Learning Numbers on Alphabet Road by Mom Inspired Life
Counting Cars Numbers 0-5 Book by Learning 2 Walk
Segmenting Words: Clap Counting by Growing Book by Book
Paper Bag Number Book by The Eduators’ Spin On It
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