One of my favourite autumn activities I created for learning to count was our Pumpkin Patch maths game. Inspired by that and for this week's Virtual Book Club for Kids theme of Bunnies and the featured book of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter I've created a new version ideal for counting, number recognition and play for spring and summer as we count and pick the carrots in Mr McGregor's Garden.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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One of the first book collections that we brought our children when they were born was a set of Beatrix Potter books. I used to sit on the sofa with them as babies and read aloud from the books to them and as they grew older point out the pictures. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the first in her collection of books for children and is a must-have book for children. It's beautifully illustrated and the story so wonderful to read together.
Objectives of the game
- Work on counting 1 to 10
- Number Recognition 1 to 10
- Fine motor skills
Materials needed for your Count and Pick Carrot Patch Maths Game
Preparation - Make your Carrot Patch
Before you can play the maths game with your toddler and preschooler you need to make your carrot patch and carrots.
- Take a cardboard box and cut a section out to be your patch.
- Around 2" from each edge draw a line and score to fold.
- Fold and cut off the corners so that you have a 'raised bed' for your carrots to grow in.
- Lay your cardboard out flat and cut 10 random slots for your carrots all the way through the box.
- Fold the side up and sticky tape the corners your 'raised bed' is now ready for the carrot to go into.
- Take your orange card and cut a 2" strip this will make sure that none of your carrots are too long for the carrot patch and end up wonky!
- On the strip of orange card draw some carrot shapes you will need 10 in total.
- Cut out the carrots.
- Add a little detail with some lines.
- Take a green pipe-cleaner and cut into 3 sections (you will need 4 pipe-cleaners).
- Twist the pipe-cleaners into a spring.
- Then stick to the top of the carrot to form the leaves growing out the top.
- If you are working on number recognition then write the numbers 1 to 10 on the carrots.
Plant the carrots in the 'raised bed' and you are now ready to play.
Playing Count and Pick Carrot Patch Math Game
Working on counting out 1 to 1
Ask your child to count out a set number of carrots that they can pick from the carrot patch. E.g. Pick 5 carrots from the carrot patch.
Working on recognition of numbers
Pick the carrots from the carrot patch and work on reading the numbers on the carrots.
You can start to work on addition - grab a die and then throw it pull up that number of carrots and then roll again. Write a number sentence and then pull the second roll number of carrots up. How many carrots do you have in total!
Number Bond Work
If your child is working on Number Bonds then you can use the carrot patch to work on number bonds. Roll a 10 sided die and pick that number of carrots - ask them to predict how many carrots are left in the carrot patch - check the answer
More Bunny and Peter Rabbit Inspired Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Check out these other activities based on this week's theme and our featured book.
Lettuce Wraps inspired by Peter Rabbit