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Quick Dots

Create dot cards for each number, one through six. Quickly flash one card at a time, and ask your child how many dots she sees.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read “Little Quack’s Hide and Seek” by Lauren Thompson. As you read the book, ask your child how many ducks are on each page. Encourage him to try to answer the question without counting .

    -Once the child is comfortable identifying the number of dots without counting, try flashing a card PLUS the one dot card. For example, you can show the child the two dot card plus the one dot card. Then show the four dot card plus the one dot card.

Adjust for an older child

Make dot patterns for seven, eight, nine, and ten (For the even numbers, keep the dots in two equal groups. For nine, make three rows of three dots.).

Adjust for a younger child

If the younger child struggles with the activity, allow him the opportunity to touch and count each dot on the cards before playing the game. While playing, allow him more time before hiding the card.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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