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As my two littles know their shapes, I decided we would work on lessons from Preschool Playground: Numbers, Patterns, and Cognitive Skills this week in addition to some other activities that we will be doing for the fall. This way he would practice on his writing skills and my daughter could join in for some fun crafts I added to the lessons.
On Monday, my four year old practiced writing his number one while my daughter played with the Sesame Street pictures I cut out for our second activity.
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I wrote the number one numerically as "1" and as "one" on the paper along with the name of the character. I used old wrapping paper for the pictures of the characters which meant that there was an uneven number available. Surprisingly neither my son nor my daughter were upset that their pictures were different.
We counted out 1 Elmo, 1 Cookie Monster, 1 Big Bird, and so on as we worked. I then let them draw or color on the paper as they saw fit.
The next day we completed a counting exercise using some Dollar Store erasers and plastic mice. I created the counting board for a bow activity and we have used it several times for counting Thomas Trains, cars, and milk caps.
My daughter helped count out the smaller numbers. My son did some simple addition and subtraction to figure out how many erasers or mice we need to take from the lower numbers for the numbers in the second row.
This counting activity can be done again with fake leaves, acorns, turkey-shaped erasers, Christmas themed erasers, bows, snowflakes, foam hearts, etc.
On Wednesday, my son and I worked on practicing writing the number two while my daughter drew happy, sad, and angry faces on pumpkins.
Preschool Playground has many ideas including suggestions for using chalk, noodles, pretzels, yarn, shaving cream to learn numbers as well as a variety of worksheets that teach the writing of the numbers, reading clocks and calendars, and positional words.
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