Growing up there was one story that I remember reading that captured my imagination and I wanted to be just like the little girl in the stories – Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans was that story. I wanted to jump on the beds, walk in lines through Paris and break the rules just that little bit! This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids book is Madeline and T and I have been working on skip counting inspired by the way the little girls line up in pairs in the story.

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Using some of our prior knowledge of number patterns we worked on developing that to skip count the little hats of the girls in the story. This was a quick and easy DIY make for the book, however, you can buy ready-made hats in most craft stores for scrapbooking and/or card making.

Want to work more on skip counting – check out these skip counting spider webs and skip counting battlements

Materials Needed

Yellow Paper
Black Paper

Round object to draw around
Scissors
Glue
Pencil

Making the hats

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

In total you will need 12 hats – so we used a plastic drinks cup and drew around the base 12 times on a piece of yellow paper.

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Then cut them out.

With the black paper, we cut a strip of the paper along the long edge and then cut into 6 small sections. To make it look like the ribbon on their hats, I snipped a triangle out of the paper.

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

We then glued it onto the circle to make our Madeline Hats.

Skip Counting Activity

Using our number pattern recognition or subitizing I started off by placing the hats in 2 – T quickly identified this as 2.

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

We then moved to 4 and 6 which were patterns that she identified.

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

As we were placing the hats in place from 6 onwards I got T to count the odd number in her head silently and then say out loud the even number – explain the odd number was when there was a funny pattern and the even when they were in straight lines just like when Madeline had her appendix out and there was a girl who was on her own without her matching pair.

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Other Madeline Based Activities

Check out these other Madeline based activities from the co-hosts of The Virtual Book Club for Kids to inspire you to bring the book alive for your children.

Name in Bed & Name Writing Activity by Preschool Powol Packets

Madeline Small World & Sensory Bin by Study at Home Mama

Madeline Snack by Still Playing School

Learning about Body Parts with Madeline by I Can Teach My Child

Exploring Art & Color by Mama Miss

Made”line” Sensory Tray Writing by Growing Book by Book

Madeline Movement Game by Mom Inspired Life

Toddler Shape Activity by The Pleasantest Thing

Build the Eiffel Tower by Inspiration Laboratories

Skip counting 2’s with Madeline You are Here!

Flowers for Madeline by The Educators’ Spin On It

Skip Counting and Subitizing activity for Preschoolers inspired by the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Author
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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