Pre-school Theme Day
Number “7” 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 Colouring Pages ” or print out my “Number 7” Colouring Page. While colouring the page be sure to count the seven flowers as well as the seven petals on each flower.
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 alphabet books:
· First Number Book, Larousee Kingfisher Chambers Inc., 2001 – This is a counting book rather than a simple 1 to 10 number book but its big bright illustrations make it a fun book to use for reviewing the numbers your child already knows as he/she counts all sorts of things: snowmen, starfish, clown, clothes, the number of sides on different shapes – plus it introduces concepts like longest and shortest, most, opposites, etc.
· First Steps, by John Burningham, Candlewick Press, 1985 – Using simple illustrations in ink and coloured pencils this book is a good review book as it includes lower case letters, numbers 1 to 10, colors and opposites.
· Grandpa Gazillion’s Number Yard, by Laurie Keller, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2005 – In this fun number book there are playful rhymes showing different uses for the actual numbers 1 to 20 (for instance 1 is a trapeze, two is a horn).
NUMBER 7 COLLAGE:
Materials: A copy of my Number 7 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 seven and for groups of 7 things.
Step 2: Help your child cut out the numbers and pictures to glue on the Number 7 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.
COUNT TO 7 CHART:
Materials: A copy of my Count to 7 Chart, various stickers, OR stamp (ink) pad and various stamps.
Step 1: Have your child pick stickers to put in each square. Each square gets 8 stickers as you are reviewing the number 8 today. OR Have your child stamp 8 pictures in each square.
Step 2: Count to eight each time the stickers are applied and afterwards as a review.
Step 3: Display or glue the chart in your Family Theme Day Scrapbook.
SEVEN DALMATIAN SPOTS:
Materials: Coloured paper plus white paper and black paper, pencil, a bowl and cup and a quarter (to trace around), child safe scissors, glue-stick, markers or crayons, (optional) Number 7 sticker, and BINGO dauber.
Step 1: Have your child pick the colour of paper he/she wants as the background.
Step 2: Trace around a cup and a bowl onto the white paper to draw one big round circle (body) and one medium round circle (head). Help your child cut out the two circles.
Step 3: Draw two small ovals (for front paws) on the white paper. Then draw two slightly larger ovals (for the ears) out of black paper). Help your child cut out these four ovals.
Step 4: Draw and cut out a triangle from the black paper for the dog’s tail.
Step 6: Show your child how the pieces can make the shape of a dog and then let him/her glue the pieces together to form a dog on the coloured paper.
Step 6: Now trace around a quarter onto the black paper to make seven black spots to cut out (likewise your child could use a BINGO dauber instead of little black dots.
Step 7: Have your child glue each spot (or daub a spot using the BINGO dauber) onto the dog wherever he/she likes. Be sure to count from 1 to 7 for each spot.
Step 8: Have your child draw the dog’s face by using crayon or marker.
Step 9: (Optional) Have your child stick the Number 7 sticker onto the picture to review the Number 7.
Step 10: Display or glue into your Family Theme Day Scrapbook.
Serve a banana cut into 7 parts for this Theme Day.
Make simple nachos by placing 7 tortilla or corn chips on a microwave safe plate. Sprinkle with your child’s favourite toppings (chopped red pepper, black beans , avocado) and shredded cheese and microwave for 10 or more seconds until the cheese melts. Serve with salsa!
Make a quick S’more by putting 7 mini marshmallows onto some graham crackers. Microwave the crackers for 10 or more seconds until the marshmallows melt and then drizzle with chocolate sauce before squishing another cracker on top.
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 6.
Step 2: Have your child colour the Cut-out 7 Card.
Step 3: Help your child cut the Number 7 Card out.
Step 4: Have your child apply glue to the back of the Cut Out 7 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.
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 to 7 on them.
Step 1: Give your child the bag of toys/buttons/snacks/treats and have him/her count out 6 toys/buttons/snacks/treats and then put one in the egg compartments numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
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 7) 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 7 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.
Number “7” Collage
Count to 7 with stickers.
Count to 7 with stamps.
Seven Dalmatian Spots!
Egg Carton Counting
Number Writing with Sugar
Photo: C Wright