This year we are starting a series on Maths and Language for early elementary (first and second grade in the USA and Year 1 and 2 in the UK) I will be publishing it every other week on a Thursday I will be focusing on one of these two areas. Today I’m kicking it off with a hands-on activity for learning Number Names. As it’s winter and after a fun visit to the zoo T (in year 1 in the UK) is enamored with Penguins so it was relatively quick to put together this little learning game for her that matches the numbered penguins with the iceberg number names that they should hop on.

Penguin printable for learning number names

Learning Objective

From the UK National Curriculum for Mathematics

  • I can read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

Materials needed for the Penguin Number Names Activity

Cardstock

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Printer

Scissors

Laminator (optional)

Preparation for Penguin Number Names Activity

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Print out on cardstock and cut out. Laminate if you wish. I decided not to but I did make the penguins stand up you can watch the video later today over on our Facebook Page to see how easy it is to do.

Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.

Playing with the Penguins and Iceberg Number Names Activity

Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.

My daughter is confident with her number recognition but even so I find it helpful to review and I quickly reviewed the numbers on the penguins with her.

Then I placed the icebergs around the table. If you had some blue fabric you could lay it on the floor or over the table.

I then explained the rules that each penguin was only allowed to go to their own iceberg as each was labeled.

Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.
Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.

We then started to reach the different icebergs.

Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.

A few strategies that we used:

  • Segmenting and blending of words
  • Looking at roots of words
  • Elimination by which penguins were left
Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.

Yes, even the elimination is a good skill for them to develop as will help with recognizing the numbers in the future.

Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.

More Mathematics Activities for Key Stage 1

Rainbow Number Bonds

Telling the Time Body Clock

Polar Bear Halving and Sharing

DIY Superhero Pattern Stones

Lady bug Maths Doubling

Hands-on game for supporting the learning of number names with a penguin theme. Including all downloads and instructions for play.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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