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The Number Stays the Same

Grab a few balls on your way to the park. Count the balls as you roll them to your child. Change the order and count them again.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read "Anno's Counting Book" by Mitsumasa Anno. Each number zero through 12 is represented by the written numeral, unifix cubes, and various pictures. For example, page '2' shows the numeral two, two unifix cubes, two cars, two buildings, two cats, etc.

    -Read the book, "12 Ways to get to 11" by Eve Merriam. Explore different combinations that make eleven, such as: six peanuts and five pieces of popcorn or nine pinecones and two acorns.

Adjust for an older child

Draw a picture or use stickers to show different orders each ball could be rolled in. (For example: tennis ball, golf ball, basketball, baseball, bouncy ball would be one order. Another order could be baseball, basketball, tennis ball, bouncy ball, and golf ball). With five balls, there are many different ways to order them, and there is no need to find all the combinations!

Adjust for a younger child

Play the game using only three balls with a younger child.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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