I absolutely love when we can adapt one activity to the current learning levels of both of our kids! This active number line turned into several games that met the needs of our two and five year old. It'd be a great idea for recess for an entire classroom of students, too!
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I used duct tape for our number line with our favorite glitter chalk to write the numbers. You can certainly use chalk for the whole line but I knew the tape would intrigue our kids' interest. I was right as they were out joining me to investigate as soon as I started laying down the tape!
First I asked the kids to stand on their age number. Our daughter pointed out that they are technically 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 so they stood accordingly!
We were jumping and walking along the number line practicing number identification when our toddler decided to line up his shadow. We began discussing how we could measure the shadow this way.
Our daughter remembered from our introduction to measurement activity that we need to start at the end of the line so she accurately measured her own shadow this way.
We also practiced addition and subtraction as we moved along our number line. Our son liked making his toy frog hop the numbers making this a fine motor as well as a gross motor activity!
More Ideas for Teaching Numbers from the Early Childhood Education Team:
How many gems am I holding? Pre-K and Kinder Guessing Game From 0 to 5 by Capri + 3
How Many? 0 to 5 Number Pattern Recognition by Rainy Day Mum
Free Counting to 5 Game: Construction Theme by Life Over C's
0-5 Number Games with Dry Erase Apple Cards by Tiny Tots Adventures
I Spy Activity by Munchkins and Moms
Learning Numbers on Alphabet Road by Mom Inspired Life
Counting Cars Numbers 0-5 Book by Learning 2 Walk
Segmenting Words: Clap Counting by Growing Book by Book
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