Pre-school Theme Day

Number “9” 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 9” Colouring Page.  While colouring the page be sure to count the nine candy canes with 9 stripes.

Have your child colour my “Number Poem: 1 to 5”  as well as “Number Poem: 6 to 10” reviewing the  numbers 1 to 8 and emphasizing the number 9 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:


Let’s Count It Out, Jesse Bear, by Nancy White Carlstrom and illustrated by Bruce Degen, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996 – Each number has a poem (of varying lengths) from one to ten and then it continues adding from eleven to twenty without rhymes.


How Many sharks in the Bath?, by Bill Gillham and illustrated by Christyan Fox, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2005 – This is a great review book.  Each two page spread has different animals asking counting questions (“how many...”).  Your child then looks at the bright and fun illustration to answer the questions and then points to the number on the right hand side to match.




Materials: A copy of my Number 9 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 nine and for groups of nine things.

Step 2: Help your child cut out the numbers to glue on the Number 9 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 9 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 9 stickers as you are reviewing the number 9 today.

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

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


              NINE POINTS ON THE SUN:


Materials: Yellow paper, orange paper, a bowl to trace, a pencil, another sheet of coloured paper, child safe scissors, glue stick, damp cloth for sticky fingers, (Optional) Number 9 Sticker.


Step 1: Use a pencil to trace around a bowl to make a circle.  You can do this on either orange or yellow paper.

Step 2: Cut out 9 small triangles from either the orange or yellow paper (opposite of what you used for step 1) to be the points or flames on the sun.

Step 3: Have your child glue the circle to the third sheet of paper (your child’s choice of colour).

Step 4: Have your child  glue the triangles around the circle to be the sun’s flames and count them out loud as he/she does so.

Step 5: (Optional) Add a Number 9 Sticker!

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




Place 9 grapes in a bowl for a sweet and healthy snack.



My youngest son calls this meal “Chopped Lunch!”  It is his favourite thing to eat for lunch (we don’t always chop the foods into nine pieces but I thought it would work well for this Theme Day).  Place nine small whole wheat crackers on a plate.  Cut up one cheese string into 9 pieces.  Place nine different vegetables on the plate (with or without dip).  Chop up a piece of ham or turkey into 9 pieces.  Chop your child’s favourite fruit into 9 pieces.



Place 9 fresh blueberries onto a large scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt.




Materials: a copy of my Number Chart and the Cut Out 9 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 8.

Step 2: Have your child colour the Cut-out 9 Card.

Step 3: Help your child cut the Number 9 Card out.

Step 4: Have your child apply glue to the back of the Cut Out 9 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 9 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 9) 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 1 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.


Nifty 9!

Photo: C Wright

Number “9” Collage

Count to 9 with stamps.

Count to 9 with stickers.

9 points on the sun.

Egg Carton Counting

Number Writing with Sugar