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I Spy an Animal

Describe a stuffed animal to your child using number clues. For example, "I spy an animal with two legs, one tail, and two floppy ears."

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Extending this activity

  • -Create a chart together to organize all the attributes of the animals. Include in the chart: name of animal, number of arms, number of legs, number of ears, and number of tails. Compare the animals in the chart. Which animals have the same number of arms, legs, ears, and tails?

    -Read a book about animal attributes such as ""Who Is the Beast?"" by Keith Baker. Children will enjoy guessing who the beast is before the tiger does.

Adjust for an older child

Change the clues by adding the number of arms, legs, tails, and ears. For example, the turtle could be: "I am small. I have no arms. When you add my legs, tail, and ears you get five."

Adjust for a younger child

Use two or three stuffed animals. Focus on just one attribute, such as the color or the number of legs.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Patterns and Algebraic Thinking

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