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Finish My Set

Put two blue blocks and two red blocks behind your back. Tell your child you have five blocks and three are red. Ask, "How many blue blocks do I have?"

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Extending this activity

  • -Play a variation of this game at a restaurant while waiting for your food. Place a menu between you and the child as a barrier. For example, you could say “I have a set of five utensils. Three items are forks and the rest are spoons. How many spoons do I have?”

    -Using red and blue markers, ask the child to draw a picture of the possible combinations with five blocks. Possible combinations include: four red and one blue, three red and two blue, two red and three blue, etc.

Adjust for an older child

Once the child is successful with the game, you can introduce a third color. For example, I have a set of five blocks. Three blocks are blue and the rest are red and green. How many red and green blocks do I have?

Adjust for a younger child

This activity may be challenging for the younger child. Start with only three objects and do not 'hide' the blocks. For example, I have three blocks. Two are blue, the rest are red. How many are red?

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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