Our family loves to learn together. If one kid is completing an activity, they all want a chance to enjoy the experience. “Numbered Eggs,” a dinosaur themed math activity from Mother Goose Time was a perfect way to get all three of the kids practicing a little math while having some fun.
- plastic eggs
- permanent marker
- Write the numbers 1-10 on plastic eggs.
- Set out a bowl of pompoms.
My five year old has been working on writing her numbers. She has gotten quite proficient, but will still reverse some of her numbers. A permanent marker she could use to write on eggs was a huge draw for her. I had her write the number on a piece of paper first and once she wrote it correctly, she got to write it on the egg. This was partly for her own practice and partly to make sure that my two year old and four year old would be able to read the numbers she wrote on the eggs.
Isn’t it amazing that once you can write number “0 – 9” you can write all the numbers?
I love sharing this tidbit of wisdom with them 🙂
Choose an egg and identify the number.
My four year old and two year old were both happy to recognize the numbers. My five year old was very proud that her younger brothers could read and understand the numbers she had written on the eggs.
Count out that many pompoms and place them inside the egg.
My four year old is still learning to slow down and count, so that he ends on the correct number. Sometimes he gets so busy reciting the numbers he forgets to actually count. The pompoms were easy to manipulate and move, so worked really well for his little hands to touch and shift as he added them to the eggs.
Continue counting and filling the eggs.
My four year old and two year old were happy to add the pompoms to the eggs. My five year old double checked all their math.
- Did the child count out the specified number of pompoms?
- How did the child problem-solve if the amount of pompoms didn’t fit in the egg?
Both the four year old and five year old did a great job of counting out the correct number of pompoms. The pompoms served to slow down my four year old who often recites numbers faster than he can actually count. My two year old is learning to recite and recognize the numbers and is very motivated by watching his older siblings enjoy math as they did with this activity.
We didn’t have any problems fitting all the pompoms into our eggs. The pompoms provided were very small and fit easily. If the pompoms fell from the eggs and rolled, the two year old was more than happy to retrieve them for the two older kiddos.
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