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Packing for Our Trip

Next time you take a trip, ask your child to pack five toys. Have him describe his combination. For example, 1 car + 4 trains = 5 toys.

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Extending this activity

  • -Write the number sentence created (ex: 2+1+2=5). Have the child create a picture to match his or her number sentence. Stickers, magazine pictures, or printed pictures could be used to create the picture.

    -Read "Getting Dressed with Lily and Milo" by Pauline Oud and write number sentences to represent the items chosen by Lily and then Milo.

Adjust for an older child

Encourage the older child to choose ten total items and describe his or her number sentence. It would be best to keep the choices to three (ex: books, puzzles, dolls).

Adjust for a younger child

Limit the choices to just two types of objects and ask the child to choose three items (Ex: you could offer three books and three dolls. Have the young child choose three total items. Help the child with his or her number sentence. For example “I see you chose one doll plus two books; 1+2 = 3”.).

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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