Pre-school Theme Day
Number “2” 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. Having them individually helped him to recognize that each number is different just like each letter is different.
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 “2/Two Eyes” Colouring Page. While colouring the page be sure to count the two eyes and two eyebrows with your child.
Have your child colour my “Number Poem: 1 to 5” reviewing the number 1 and emphasizing the number 2 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:
· I Knew Two Who Said Moo?: A Counting and Rhyming Book , by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Daniel Moreton, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000 – This counting book has bright humorous illustrations and as promised on the cover rhymes that make it a fun read.
· I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art, devised and selected by Lucy Micklethwait, Greenwillow Books, 1993 – This creative counting book has twenty well-known paintings from artists around the world and incorporates an “I spy” game by asking the reader to find various things (like 1 fly, 2 eyes, 3 puppies).
· Two Peas in a Pod, by Annegert Fuchshuber, The Millbrook Press, 1996 – A different counting book because it has twin boys who don’t like being called “as alike as two peas in a pod” which spurs various animal mothers to comment on their babies (two bears, three lion cubs, four moles, five owl eggs, etc.).
NUMBER 2 COLLAGE:
Materials: A copy of my Number 2 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 two. Also look for pictures of two things together.
Step 2: Help your child cut out the numbers to glue on the Number 2 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 Day Scrapbook.
COUNT TO 2 CHART:
Materials: A copy of my Count to 2 Chart, various stickers or stamps.
Step 1: Have your child pick stickers to put in each square. Each square gets 2 stickers as you are reviewing the number 2 today. OR Have your child stamp 2 pictures in each square.
Step 2: Count to 2 each time the sticker/stamp is applied and afterwards as a review.
Step 3: Display or glue the chart in your Family Theme Day Scrapbook.
PAPER GLASSES FOR 2 EYES:
Materials: Pencil, coloured paper, markers, white paper, glue stick, damp cloth for sticky fingers, (optional) number stickers.
Step 1: Let your child draw a face with two eyes on the white paper.
Step 2: Have your child choose the colour of paper for the glasses.
Step 3: Draw two circles (I traced a quarter for the small glasses in our picture) and cut them out.
Step 4: Cut the insides of the circles to create two rings of paper, one for each eye. (This can be tricky to cut so I suggest folding in half to cut that way).
Step 5: Have your child glue the paper rings over the eyes in the picture.
Step 6: Count to 2 with your child pointing out the eyes.
Step 7: Display or glue in your Family Theme Day Scrapbook.
Step 8: (Optional) If you have number stickers you can have your child find the number 3 and stick it onto the picture.
A graham cracker and honey sandwich with 2 graham crackers. Spread honey on one graham cracker and sandwich with the other cracker.
A sandwich made with two pieces of bread with your child’s favourite fillings and then cut in two.
Serve 2 scoops of ice cream on a cone or in a bowl.
Step 1: Have your child colour the Cut-out 2 Card.
Step 2: Help your child cut the Number 2 Card out.
Step 3: Have your child apply glue to the back of the Cut Out 2Card and glue it on the Number Chart (on display on your fridge with magnets or pinned it to a bulletin board or taped it to a wall for the Number 1 Theme Day) by searching for the square with the small number 1 on it (or you can have your child use tape).
Step 4: Review what number it is by pointing to the chart throughout the week.
EGG CARTON COUNT:
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 and 2 on them.
· Step 1: Give your child the bag of toys/buttons/snacks/treats and have him/her count out 2 toys/buttons/snacks/treats and then put one in the egg compartment with the number 1 and one in number 2 compartment.
· Step 2: Spread out the cut out numbers and after counting out the toys/buttons/snacks/treats have your child find the number 1 and put it in the number 1 spot and the 2 in the number 2 spot along with the toys or snacks.
Fill a pie plate with sand, sugar or salt and teach your child how to trace the number 2 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..
Walk around your neighbourhood or in a store looking for the actual number 2.
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.
Photo: C Wright
Number “2” Collage
Count to 2 with stamps
Count to 2 with stickers
Paper Glasses for 2 Eyes Craft
Egg carton counting
Number writing with sugar