Number Line; A Simple Counting Game

Number Line; A Simple Counting Game

Inside: Simple number line game for kids

Remember the number line?

Here is a simple way to introduce, and play with, a number line at home!

If we begin learning math concepts by doing, the better they will stick. Here, your child can move and count the objects as they are placed. It’s a hands-on way to better understand the sequence of numbers.

And I know what you are thinking!

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This number line game makes a fun Breakfast Invitation to help you drink your coffee and pop the bagels in the toaster in peace! Set it up in 5 minutes the night before and watch it unfold.

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A number line helps your child visualize number sequences to help with counting.

This means that rather than writing 1,2,3,4,5,6… on paper, they are now building each number and understanding that each number adds one more object. In this case, the object is a shoe. You could do this activity with pom poms, board books, blocks, legos, and much more. Take a look around your house and see what you have.

The concept of “one more” is a big one! It helps children understand quantity.

In fact, this is something your child will zone in on in Kindergarten. The Common Core standard for Kindergarten will ask children to:

So where we are not teaching Kindergarten standards to our preschoolers, we can certainly introduce some key terms and concepts to help them get there when they are ready.

Try introducing the number line by showing them what it looks like, and using it in a sentence.

This is a number line. See how there is a line for each number as we count up?

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When my boys (3.5 and 5) saw the number line, they wanted to jump and walk on it.

And so I let them!

Remember, watching your children learn and play is incredible valuable for you to understand how their brain works. Seeing my boys hop the number line reminded me that they too learn by moving. They are both kinesthetic learners.

And when they were finished, I introduced the shoes. Because if I introduced it any sooner, I may have lost their interest. And remember, what’s the rush? I am here trying to cook breakfast and wake up. They have plenty of time to explore before they hit up the main objective.

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So let’s get this number line set up!

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Supplies are simple.

Next step is to call your child over, and share with them that this is a number line. Count together and touch each number as you count.

Then simply ask your child:

Can you build this? How many shoes should we put for each number?

And watch it unfold!

What does your child do? When they are finished can they find the number that has the most shoes? How about the least amount of shoes? Are there any that have the same amounts?

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