Squirt the Numbers
WATER, PLUS SOMETHING THAT SQUIRTS EVEN MORE WATER?
I recently posted 20+ Craft Supplies for Your Preschooler. One of the items on this list were plastic condiment squeeze bottles. How many of you have children that cannot keep their hands off condiment bottles when you are out to eat? SAME HERE!
I knew if I could tie a fun sensory idea, add water, a little dab of paint for color, and tie it into number recognition, it would be an instant hit.
YOU CAN SET THIS GAME UP IN 5 MINUTES!
I used the cookies from The Learning Journey (link listed below) because I knew they would float. One side is the number and the other side is the amount of chocolate chips to match the number on the other side.
For Hayes (2 years old) my goal is for him to begin recognizing numbers. This is different than number sense of recognizing what the numbers actually mean. Read more about that here.
- Fill your bin with water.
- Insert floating number cookies
- Add a couple drops of paint to your squeeze bottles.
- Add water to your squeeze bottles
THE GOAL IS TO CALL OUT THE NUMBER YOU ARE HITTING.
So simple, yet so much fun.
WHY IS THIS NUMBER RECALL ACTIVITY IMPORTANT?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Kindergarteners will also practice writing numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
Fine Motor muscles are also being strengthened when using this squeeze bottle.
WHAT I Will DO DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME WE PLAY
- I will cut the top of the squeeze bottle just a little to help the water come out. It was a little difficult for my two year old to squeeze.
- I will make two bins. My two year old will have number side up, my three year old will have the number amount side up for quick number amount recognition.