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May I Take Your Order?

Play restaurant during snack time! Ask your child to write down the number of items each person would like and count them out.

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Extending this activity

  • -Using ten pieces of construction paper, create a number book. Ask the child to write one number on each page (numbers 1-10). In addition to the numeral, have the child represent the number visually. For example, the page with number five could have five stickers of ladybugs, five circles, or trace a hand showing five fingers.

    -Read the story "Tea Rex" by Molly Idle. In this story a dinosaur comes to the tea party. Have the child pretend he or she is taking his order for strawberries and grapes. Help the child write down any large numbers.

Adjust for an older child

As an extra challenge, limit the number of snacks to ten items. Tell the child he or she must order a total of ten snacks. For example, order four grapes and six strawberries or five grapes and five strawberries.

Adjust for a younger child

Writing numbers may be a challenge for the younger child. Instead of writing the number, he or she can draw circles, dots, or tally marks to represent the number of strawberries and grapes ordered.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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