Number Quantity with Farm Animals

Number Quantity with Farm Animals

This farm animal game is a fun way for children to exhibit number sense. By placing a numbered group of animals on its corresponding barn, preschoolers demonstrate number quantity knowledge – the understanding that numbers represent quantity and that quantity is represented by a number. Additionally, this activity incorporates counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition. These numbered barns have been recently updated, and are now offered as part of our On the Farm Math and Literacy Activities pack.

Number Quantity with Farm Animals

So what are you waiting for? Gather some farm animals and check out our fun and educational farm activities.



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Strawberry Counting Game

In a previous post, we used strawberry baskets for an art project. Well, now we are turning them into a simple, yet powerful math tool. This strawberry activity is a cute way to practice number recognition and counting skills. It is also wonderful for number quantity. The large numbers help the child to understand that numerals represent quantity and that quantity is represented by a numeral. Additionally, the strawberries can be used for set tasks; recognition, matching, separation, and combination.

Strawberry Counting Game

And let’s not forget about quantity comparison. Children may use the baskets of fruit to make comparisons of weight, size, and amount.

MATERIALS USED:

– Strawberry baskets
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Faux strawberries
– Our free printable numbers
– Double-sided tape


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Graphing With Jellybeans

Not only is graphing with jellybeans a yummy way to spend some time, it’s also educational; there are so many learning concepts packed into this small activity. Obviously, the main is graphing. But graphing is just the umbrella that covers several mighty and oh-so important math principles. In this particular instance, the children must rely on their color knowlegde to sort and classify the jellybeans. After placing the candy on their graphs, they will use their counting skills (one-to-one correspondence) to count and match the number of beans, in a row, to its corresponding number below.

Hello, number recognition!

Graphing also incorporates the concept of more/less/same. Ask your preschooler/s questions like, “Do you have more red jellybeans or more purple jellybeans – or are they the same?” Children often struggle with the definition of the word ‘less’, so it’s best to emphasize that, “Less means not as many.”

Just a note to add: Many of my fellow teachers ask me about my policy with eating the candy. My own rule is that after the activity is completed, the child may choose ONE special jellybean to enjoy. The rest are bagged up and labeled (by my assistant) and placed in the parent box to take home.

Download the Jellybean Graphing printable here.

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