To continue to build on our kindergarten students’ interests in pond life, I made a game that is fun, uses number recognition skills, and early addition skills. The game is meant for 2 players at a time, and should be set up in an area where there is room for the 2 players to move around safely, without other children close by.
I printed off 12 lily pads on green paper. I drew a fly on each lily pads and numbered them 1 to 12. I also added the corresponding number of dots, as well as the number word. This allowed for 3 developmental levels of learning for the children. Some children may not recognize the number, and may need the dots. Some may be able to read the word. It is also a good reinforcement for each child for all 3 levels. I laminated all 12 cards. You will also need 2 dice, preferably the ones with dots, not just numbers.
For the game, each child has a fly swatter. The first child rolls the dice. The first child who can add the dots together correctly swats the fly on the lily pad with the corresponding number. This is why they need appropriate space.
For the first few rolls, I would have to assist the children in the game. But, after that, they could play the game independently and I could make observations about their number recognition and early addition skills.
We have been continuing to talk about non-standard measurement in our full day kindergarten class. One easy, yet fun activity for the children was to measure how tall they are.
We decided to cut out circles and tape them to a wall. We also numbered the circles from the bottom up. This allowed us to reinforce the shape, as well as to reinforce number recognition. We created a chart for the students where they could print their name, and guess how many circles tall they are. We taped the chart to a shelf a few feet away from the circles. Once a child wrote their name and recorded their guess, they walked to the circles and discovered the number of circles tall they actually were. The children then came back to the chart and recorded their answers beside their guess.
For the last week, our class has been working on number recognition from 1 to 5. The Senior Kindergartens can recognize these numbers already. And, most of our Junior Kindergarten students can too. But there are a few children who haven’t mastered this skill yet.
Today, I brought in a bag of plain goldfish crackers. I gave each child a picture of a fish bowl. On the bottom of the picture were the numbers 1 to 5. I gave the student a few crackers and asked them to count them. I then asked them to point to the number at the bottom that matched. They circled the number. We reviewed all of the numbers at the bottom by pointing to them as we said them. The student then had the opportunity to colour the fish bowl and/or glue on the crackers.
With the students I knew had difficulty with number recognition, I did this activity one on one in a quiet area of the classroom. I then put all of the materials at the math centre so all of the other children could do it, if they wanted to.