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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Preschool Number Practice

Aidan has been doing wonderfully with his letters, but not very sure about his numbers.  So, before we move on, we wanted to review them!  We focused a number a day, and with the exception of the game, we did the same activities.  Not to create monotony  but rather give Aidan the confidence that he knew how to "master" each task.  So, here's each day:




Day 1

1. Game
 I found this egg matching game, which was perfect for Spring!  We counted the dots, put them in order, talked about the numbers, and matched them!
Obviously, this was a fun game, and he liked it!












2. Play-Doh
 I found some play-doh mats (I can't find the originals, but if you just google that, you'll find plenty).  I wish I had a laminator, it would make them reusable. This is a great pre-writing exercise.  Take little pinches of play-doh, and place them within the lines of the number.  
Then fill in the number grid!













3. Q-tip Painting
I found some Q-tip painting sheets.  I thought it would be more fun than it apparently was... 











4. Worksheet
I'm not huge on worksheets, but this one was fun, and the truth is, kids do need to learn how to write, and these were very manageable.  Also, ironically this was one of Aidan's favorite activities each day.  I found them here








5. Lunch
Cheese, carrots, strawberries, and a sandwich, all cut into the shape of the number 1.  Yummm!










Day 2


1.  Game
For this game, you'll need 5 green shapes that look like tree crowns, 15 blossoms, and 5 clothespins with the numbers 1-5 written on them.
 We clipped the clothespins to each of the trees, and then counted out that many blossoms.  Again, perfect for Spring!
This activity practices fine motor skills, counting, putting the numbers in order, and number recognition.











2. Play-Doh
 Aidan loves the play-doh part of each day!














3. Q-tip Painting
But not so much the Q-tip painting.  I can't even be upset, look at that face!!!












4. Worksheet
He did so well on this one!!













5. Lunch
I used a dolphin shaped sandwich cutter, clementines, and a slice of mango.  Yum, yum, yum!










Day 3


1. Game
 I took flashcards, and clothespins, and then we put the correct number of clothespins on the card.  Easy peasy, and fun!
We take counting very seriously!













2. Play-Doh
Getting better each day!














3. Q-tip
At least he did it, haha!










4. Worksheet
He does so well at circling the 3-s!













5. Lunch
I used sandwich for the aquarium, carrots for the net, and fruit leather for the three.  I'll let you guess which part he ate first!










Day 4

1. Game
I wish I cotton balls or pompoms, but I didn't.  So, I used fruit snacks.  So, I took cupcake liners, wrote the numbers 1-5 on the bottom, gave Aidan some tongs, and we counted out the fruit snacks to each cups.  It was really funny!
Yay!










2. Play-Doh
He was doing so well with making little balls!












3. Q-Tip
There's a slight smile... haha!













4. Worksheet
He's been doing so much better with the worksheets than I thought he would!












5. Lunch
For this yummy lunch, I cut a sandwich into 4 little hearts, to make a four-leafed clover.  I used round slice of mango in the center, cucumber for the stem and leaves, and cherry tomato and olives for the ladybug.  Oh! And fruit leather for the number!






Day 5

1. Game
 I found this Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed Activity.  I just so happened to have the book!  It was so fun, I read the book, and Aidan would take a monkey off the bed each time, and change the number on the corner.
 He enjoyed it so much more than I though he might!
The concentration in is face, melts my heart!












2. Play-Doh
He's doing such a good job!













3. Q-Tip
He finally did it all by himself!  Wahoo!













4. Worksheet
Circling the numbers is his favorite part!













5. Snack
I used gummy frogs, fruit leather for the tongues, and raisins for the flies and number 5.  As you can imagine, it was a huge success!










And that, my friends, has been our week of numbers!








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