Last week I talked about after-schooling and ways in which we can help support our children’s teachers at home. Simple activities that take no time to set up are some of the easiest things you can do. For this weeks post for the #TeachECE team, I’m sharing a quick addition activity that was so simple to do. Using our body – as this week’s theme is My Body we are using our thumbs to create some number sentences to work on addition.

Simple low prep activity to help young children with addition and number sentences

Learning Objectives

  • Can add 1-digit numbers
  • Know the signs + and =
Work more with these objectives using our Play Dough Ladybug Addition Activity

Materials needed for Thumbprint Addition Activity

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Paper

Washable Ink Stamp Pad 

Pencil

Looking for more activities to work on addition try our Nuts and Bolts Number Sentences.

Thumbprint Addition

So that this activity became one that T my youngest could take over and lead I demonstrated first with a simple set of thumbprints. I showed her how we would produce the thumbprint using the stamp pad and then set a group of thumbprints together.

Simple low prep activity to help young children with addition and number sentences

I then produced a second set in a different colour of thumbprints. I explained that we were going to write a number sentence using the thumbprints and then write the number sentence below using numbers.

Work on addition with our Grasshopper Number Lines Activity ideal for hands-on counting on.

We wrote this together and then I let T take over.

Simple low prep activity to help young children with addition and number sentences

As I was only working with 1 digit numbers until she gains confidence with the addition I did have to say STOP a few times as she headed close to 10’s with her numbers.

Simple low prep activity to help young children with addition and number sentences

She then decided that to total the numbers she would write the numbers underneath each thumbprint – a fantastic way to practice her number writing skills – yes we do need to work on some of the numbers but it gave me a glimpse at where to move forward next.

Simple low prep activity to help young children with addition and number sentences

More Body Themed Learning

How Does Your Temperature Change After Exercise? Fun Science Experiment for Kids from Capri +3

Moving My Body Gross Motor Game from Life Over C’s

Thumbprint Addition you are Here

Let’s Look Inside a Bone from Tiny Tots Adventures

Tips for Helping Preschoolers with Self-Regulation Skills! from The Preschool Toolbox

Where is the Heart? Body Identification Game from Still Playing School

More Resources to help with addition and number sentences


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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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