Sunday, June 15, 2014

15 Months: Numbers

Last week, we focused on all things numbers. A little bit of number recognition as well as counting. Here were our shelves:

My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle
123 Beep Beep Beep: a Counting Book by Brian Biggs
My First Numbers: Let's Get Counting! by Dawn Sirett
Numbers by Xavier Deneux
Eight Silly Monkeys illustrated by Steve Haskamp
I Spy Little Numbers by Jean Marzollo
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Count with Dora! by Phoebe Beinstein
Counting in Candyland (Hasbro)
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jean Yolen & Mark Teague
Five Little Sleepyheads by Andreas Nemet and Hans-Christian Schmidt
John Deere: Farm 1 2 3
1 2 3 a Slide-and-Seek Book by Claire Henley

Little Cutie was so excited when we got these out. So excited in fact, that she was banging on the case of dominoes and they flipped over and all fell on the floor. She liked the sound they made when they hit the tile floor and ended up continuing to throw them on the tile. I was afraid they would break, so we put them away. She helped me pick them up one at a time.

Outdoor Foam Number Hunt
This wasn't as successful as I thought it would be. I popped out the numbers from our foam alphabet mat and scattered them around our backyard. I was thinking Little Cutie would go around the yard and pick them up, but she wanted nothing to do with it. Apparently, my child has not been exposed to grass enough in her life because that was all she was interested in. We ended up moving the numbers to the patio and after a few minutes of just running around, she started to pick them up and hand them to us. We talked about what number she picked up.

Counting Stickers
She did not like the stickiness of the stickers, so I ended up peeling them off the sheet for her and holding them over the space on the paper. Then, she pushed them down onto the paper to make them stick. She walked away as we started the fifth row. (I created this sheet to fit the stickers we were using, but you could really use it with anything. You can get a copy of it HERE)

Stacking Cups
This lasted maybe 1 minute. She does normally love the stacking cups, but I think she just wasn't feeling it at the time. I stacked them all up, she got really excited, knocked it down, and walked away.

Poms in a Container
To say that Little Cutie loved this activity is an understatement. She still occasionally puts things in her mouth, so I kept this one in a container until we were ready to play. At first, she didn't really know what to do with everything, but when I showed her how to put the pom through the hole in the container, she giggled. She did this activity over and over again. We counted the poms as she put them in the container. I think we played with this every day of the week.

5 Little Ducks
We sang the nursery rhyme 5 Little Ducks and used five little rubber ducks and one larger rubber duck to show the ducks not coming back. I was sitting behind our red ottoman and Little Cutie came around the corner to look for where the little ducks were going. We also read the Raffi book 5 Little Ducks and then I let her play with the ducks. She loves rubber ducks and when they squeak.

B. One Two Squeeze Blocks
We started our play by putting the blocks in a pyramid and Little Cutie knocked it over. These blocks come in a little zippered bag and she loved taking them out of the bag and putting them back in. Each block has a different number on it (1-10) with animals and different designs that add up to that number, so we spent some time counting those and talking about the animals. She also enjoyed throwing the blocks all over the room.

Stirring with a Bowl and Spoon
I took a small mixing bowl from our kitchen, three sippy cup lids, and a big spoon and let her stir the lids up. She absolutely loved this activity. She carried the bowl all over the house and added other things to stir in.

We didn't quite get to read every book on our list, but other than that, we had a good week with numbers.

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