In the book Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh, the snake places the mice into a jar as he counts them in and they escape. Inspired by this we have decided for our Number Week for the Virtual Book Club for Kids we are going to learn some Regularly Number Pattern Arrangements inside some jars to help with number recognition and counting. So here goes a simple to do Number Pattern Recognition for Preschoolers inspired by Mouse Count.
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.
Recognising Number Patterns
This is a really useful skill for kids to learn. It can help them to instantly see a number and count a regular arrangement of objects quickly.
You can help your child to learn to do this by playing games with dice like Snakes and Ladders but also doing this activity together.
Materials Needed for this Preschool Maths Activity tO HELP COUNTING OF OBJECTS IN REGULAR ARRANGEMENTS
- Wooden Hoops – curtains rings work ours are from a Spielgaben set
- Wooden Beads or Dots again the ones used in this activity are from the set above.
- Large sheet of Paper
Setting up this Simple Maths Centre Activity for Preschoolers learning numbers in regular Arrangements.
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 Regular Arrangement of OBjects Counting Activity for Preschoolers
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 this Number Pattern Recognition Activity for outdoors
Yes as promised this is my plan – materials needed a Hula Hoop, some Ball Pit Balls and the numbers 1 to 5 from a Numbers Mat.
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.
Mouse Count Activities for Preschoolers
We loved the book Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh so much that we also created this Mice in the Jar Mouse Count Activity for Preschoolers.
More Number and Counting Activities on Rainy Day Mum
Inspired by the Book Jack and the Beanstalk we worked on counting to 10 with a DIY ten frame and number line in this Jack and the Beanstalk Counting to 10 Activity.
Feed the Hungry Lion in this Zoo Themed Counting Activity for Preschoolers. Count out how many animals it eats and with older children add and subtract too.
Get outside and create a giant Number Line with your Preschoolers and Toddlers in this simple activity to work on number recognition and ordering.
More counting activities from Our Preschool Blogging Friends.
- Establishing REAL RELATIONSHIPS with NUMBERS in Preschool! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
- Gross Motor Number Line by Still Playing School
- How many gems am I holding? Pre-K and Kinder Guessing Game From 0 to 5 by Capri + 3
- Free Counting to 5 Game: Construction Theme by Life Over C’s
- Learning Numbers on Alphabet Road by Mom Inspired Life
- Counting Cars Numbers 0-5 Book by No Stress Homeschooling
- Segmenting Words: Clap Counting by Growing Book by Book
- Paper Bag Number Book by The Eduators’ Spin On It
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