Counting a Handful of Buttons
This simple counting activity helps emergent counters work towards:
- Correctly counting collections of up to ten objects
- Consistently matching one number word to one item in the collection.
How to play:
- Pick up a handful of buttons
- Guess how many buttons have been picked up
- Placing the buttons in a row, count the buttons aloud.
Outcomes to work towards:
- Count orally to ten in the correct order
- Name the number word before or after a given number
- Match each number word to one, and only one, object when counting.
Here are some ways to help children who are not readily grasping the concepts required for this activity.
- Model the activity before expecting children to complete the activity independently
- Allow children to work at their own pace, giving extra time when necessary
- Repeat the concept by using a variety of other resources
- Limit the range of numerals being presented; work in the 0-5 range before the 0-10.
Extend the Activity:
Some ideas to further challenge children and further develop their efficiency with numbers.
- Forming two lines of buttons next to each other, compare the two rows. Discuss which row has the greater number of buttons. Determine how many more buttons are in one line than are in the other line
- Using the buttons, form a numeral. To support the development of numeral recognition, ensure that numerals are not always presented in sequence.
- Using the buttons, make some button paper clips and number cards to learn the corresponding numeral for a set of objects.
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