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.
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.
Round object to draw around
Making the hats
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.
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.
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.
We then moved to 4 and 6 which were patterns that she identified.
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.
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
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.