Feed the Squirrels Counting Activity

feed the squirrels counting activity
Every year I like to take my class out for a nature walk to observe the signs of fall. On these walks, we often come across a busy squirrel or two. This provides the perfect teaching opportunity about why squirrels gather and store nuts and seeds for the approaching winter. To extend this lesson I developed this entertaining counting game which teaches number sense.

Line the squirrels up in a row, and provide the children with a pile of acorns. Then instruct them to place the correct number of acorns (the amount that corresponds to the number on the squirrel’s tail) in the cup. As children pick up and place each acorn, have them state the correct number. In doing so, they will strengthen their one-to one-correspondence skills. When all the acorns have been correctly placed, ask the students if they would like to count all the squirrels. This will increase their ability to count to 10 in an accurate sequence.

feed the squirrels counting activity

This game also helps to strengthen fine motor skills. As an added challenge, tweezers and tongs can be used to pick up the acorns.

I have found this activity to be very popular with the majority of my class. I hope that you find that your students enjoy it as well.

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardstock
– Plastic cups
Our numbered squirrels
Googly eyes
– Bird seed (filler for cups)
– Stapler
Faux acorns
– Tweezers and tongs (if desired)



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Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

This Halloween Math and Literacy Activities pack contains printable activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. It enables children to practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Writing numbers
– Quantity comparison
– Patterning
– Attribute variance
– Uppercase letter recognition
– Beginning sounds
– Visual discrimination
– Visual memory
– Association
– Social/emotional

AUTUMN MIX PATTERN CARDS (8)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut the cards into strips. Provide young learners with a small amount of Brach’s Candy Autumn Mix. Work with children to match, extend, and describe the patterns.

HALLOWEEN ROLL & COVER SHEETS (4)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Print these sheets out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide mini erasers, pom poms, vase gems, or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. For individual use, have the child roll the die, count the dots (or recognize the “set” of dots), and find and cover the corresponding number on the sheet. Repeat until all of the numerals are covered. In small group, give each child a sheet and have them take turns rolling the die. The first person to cover all of their numbers wins. Trade cards and play again!

WORKSHEETS (6)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

What’s Missing? – Children will determine which picture is missing from each row, then cut and glue. Depending on the child’s ability, a sheet of paper may be used to cover the other pictures as he/she works one row at a time.

Color by Numbers
– Instruct young learners to color the numbered parts of the cat with their corresponding colors.

Spooky Sets
– Prompt students to count each set and color the ones containing more items.

Halloween Association
– Children will study the groups of pictures and cross out the ones that do not belong. Discuss the different attributes of the items and why they do or don’t belong together.

Candy Corn Counting
– Students will count the candy corn in each row and write the number.

Sorting Spooky Sounds
– Encourage children to sound out the pictures, and find their matching letter sounds. They may then color, cut, and glue the pictures.

CANDY CORN MEMORY GAME (24 cards)

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use) cut, and mix them up. Place them in rows, face down. Prompt students to turn over any two cards. If the cards match, they keep them and go again. If the pictures don’t match, they are turned back over and it is next player’s turn. Encourage children to “take a picture with your brain” to help them recall what is on each card and where it is. The game is over when all of the cards have been matched.

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

downloadGet this Halloween Math and Literacy Activities pack.



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Spider Web Counting Activity

spider web counting activity

Let’s get spooky and count some spiders! This spider web counting game is a wonderful way to strengthen number sense. By placing a numbered group of spiders on its corresponding web, children demonstrate number quantity knowledge – the understanding that the written number “5” means five objects. Furthermore, this activity helps to develop counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition skills.

So collect some creepy crawlers and download our free numbered spider webs! For heavy use, I recommend printing on cardstock and lamination.




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