Pre-school Theme Day

Number “10” Day

Once my son knew his letters I decided to tackle numbers in the same way, one at a time to reinforce what each symbol/number was.

Print out the Family Theme Day Planner and decide which activities you’d like to do and in what order.



Many children’s albums feature counting songs.  Go through your CD’s and see what you can find.

For something completely different play the song “789” by the Barenaked Ladies from their Snacktime album.




You can find many free colouring pages online by using your favourite search engine and typing in “Number Coloring Pages ” or print out my “Number 10” Colouring Page.  While colouring the page be sure to count the 10 suns and the 10 points or flames on each sun.

Have your child colour my “Number Poem: 1 to 5”  as well as “Number Poem: 6 to 10” reviewing the  numbers 1 to 9 and emphasizing the number 10 and what it looks like.



Raid your child’s bookshelves to find any number books.


Go to the library with your child to find books about numbers and counting.


Go to the library on your own to find counting books to have already on hand for your theme day.  Many libraries allow you to go online and search for titles based on subject (search for “numbers” or “counting” under “Children’s Books”).  Reserve them if you can to save time.


Try to find some of these fun counting books:


· Feast for Ten, by Cathryn Falwell, Clarion Books, 1993—With very simple text this book counts to ten twice, once at the grocery store and once at home as the family prepares the meal.


· My Baby Brother Has Ten Tiny Toes, by Laura Leuck and illustrated by Clara Vulliamy, Albert Whitman & Company, 1997—A Big sister proudly counts out the different things her brother baby brother has (from 1 tiny nose to 10 tiny toes).


· Old MacDonald in the City, by Suzanne Williams and illustrated by Thor Wickstrom, A Golden Book, 2002— In this humorous reworking of the song “Old MacDonald had a farm” poor Mr. MacDonald has to deal with a lot of different animal noises as he takes his food cart into the city.


· Pigs Love Potatoes, by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise, Philomel Books, 2007—This is a cute little book about a Mamma pig who wants to cook potatoes and the hungry piggies that gather around.


· Ten Little Wishes: A Baby Animal Counting Book, by Andrea Alban Gosline and illustrated by Lisa Burnett Bossi, Harper Collins Publishers, 2007—This counting book has a family take their new baby outside to be greeted by other baby animals each with a gentle poem and wish for the baby.






Materials: A copy of my Number 10 Worksheet, old magazines and newspapers, child-safe scissors, washable glue stick, damp facecloth for sticky fingers.


Step 1: Look through old magazines with your child and together look for the number ten and for groups of ten things.

Step 2: Help your child cut out the numbers to glue on the Number 10 worksheet.

Step 3: Show your child how to glue the numbers onto the collage and then let him/her glue the pictures on the paper however he/she likes.

Step 4: When the collage is dry display (fridge, bulletin board, child’s door) or glue into Family Theme Scrapbook.



Materials: A copy of my Count to 10 Chart, various stickers, OR stamp (ink) pad and various stamps.


Step 1: Have your child pick a sticker to put in each square.  Each square gets 10 stickers as you are reviewing the number 10 today.

Step 2: Count to ten each time the stickers are applied and afterwards as a review.

Step 3: Display or glue the chart in your Family Theme Day Scrapbook.


              TEN TOES CRAFT:

Materials: Coloured paper, a pencil, child safe scissors, glue stick, markers (Optional), Number stickers (Optional).


Step 1: Using a pencil, trace your child’s feet onto coloured paper.

Step 2: Help your child cut the feet out.

Step 3: Have your child glue the feet onto another piece of coloured paper.

Step 4: Write the numbers 1 to 10 on each toe as your child counts along with you.

Step 5: (Optional) have your child add a Number 10 sticker.

Step 6: Display or glue into your Family Theme Day Scrapbook.


HINT: You can also do a TEN FINGERS CRAFT as we did by tracing around your child’s hands.




Serve 10 fish crackers (or other small crackers) in a bowl for this Theme Day.



Make a Number 10 Salad: have your child pick nine different ingredients and together create a yummy salad.  Some choices might include lettuce, carrot, sugar snap peas, celery, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, cubed cheese, strawberries, orange segments, and croutons.



Number 10 Candy Face: as a special treat for making it to the Number let your child count out 10 pieces of small candy to create a Candy Face (or use chocolate chips, marshmallows, berries etc.).





Materials: a copy of my Number Chart and the Cut Out 10 Card, markers or crayons, child-safe scissors, glue-stick, face cloth for sticky fingers.


Step 1: Lead your child to the Number Chart on your fridge, bulletin board or taped to a wall and review the Numbers 1 to 9.

Step 2: Have your child colour the Cut-out 10 Card.

Step 3: Help your child cut the Number 10 Card out.

Step 4: Have your child apply glue to the back of the Cut Out 10 Card and glue it on the Number Chart (or you can have your child use tape).

Step 5: Review what number it is by pointing to the chart.



Materials: The egg carton craft from my Number One Theme Day, little toys or buttons, OR little snacks like Cheerios or Fish Crackers, OR little treats like jelly beans, chocolate chips, M&M’s, or marshmallows in a re-sealable bag,  small cut out pieces of paper with the numbers 1 to 9 on them.

Step 1: Give your child the bag of toys/buttons/snacks/treats and have him/her count out 8 toys/buttons/snacks/treats and then put one in the egg compartments numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Step 2: Spread out the cut out numbers and after counting out the toys/buttons/snacks/treats have your child find the each number (1 to 10) and put it in the correctly numbered spot.



Fill a pie plate with sand, sugar or salt and teach your child how to trace the number 10 in the sand.  When you are finished tracing dump the sand in a re-sealable bag to use on another day.



Review numbers using a set of flash cards (found at book stores, educational stores, even craft stores) or make your own by writing each letter on an individual index card (or by printing out my Number Cut-Out Page and gluing each number on index cards).




There are many different websites that offer games for preschoolers. You can find them by looking up your child’s favourite television characters.  Here is one from the Sesame Street website:

Big Bird’s Numbers is a simple game because it only involves your child pressing any key on the keyboard and then a number appears along with a picture that illustrates how many that is:



Walk around your neighbourhood counting different things.  You can also do this while in a car or bus etc..




If you have any number puzzles this theme day is the perfect time to play with it together.


Play with any other educational toys that focus on numbers.






Search through your child’s DVD/ video collection (or visit your local library before hand or the Video Store) to find your child’s favourite shows with a focus on teaching numbers.

Try to find these titles:


· Baby Einstein: Numbers Nursery – Discovering 1 through 5, Disney, 2007 – Even though it geared to babies and toddlers this is a good review of the first 5 numbers.


· Leap Frog: Math Adventure to the Moon, Lionsgate, 2009 – Tad and Lily the frogs go on a rocket adventure to find the perfect collection of things for their school math assignment.


· Leap Frog: Math Circus, Lionsgate, 2004 – Leap, Lily and Tad the frogs help professor Quigley train numbers to count, add and subtract at the Math Circus.


· Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Numbers Roundup, Disney 2010 – Mickey and his friends about numbers and shapes in this DVD.


· The Numbers Express, Mazzarella Media – All aboard a train to learn the numbers!


· Sesame Street: Learning About Numbers, Sesame Street Workshop, 2004 – Big Bird hosts the Number Show.

Terrific 10!

Photo: C Wright

Number “10” Collage.

Number Poem 5 to 10—Printable Coloring Page

Count to 10 with stickers or stamps

Ten Toes Craft

Ten Fingers Craft

Egg Carton Counting

Egg Carton Counting

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