Who wouldn't like to be hero for a day? (Or more!) Allow your child to be the hero he's always wanted to be, as he rescues numbers from certain danger. Not only will he flex his superhero powers, but he'll practice counting while he's at it. In this activity, your child learn will learn to identify numbers, recognize health and safety topics, and improve his language skills. The best part is, he'll have a blast while he's doing it!
What You Do:
- Invite your child to be a Number Hero. You can make this a one day event, or do it daily for an entire week, allowing him to rescue numbers each day for a few minutes after school or in the morning.
- When the designated time arrives, have your child put on the numbered vest and carry the numbered bucket.
- Instruct your Number Hero to walk around the room and “rescue” each of the numbers from danger.
- Each time your Number Hero picks up a number, have him place it in the bucket and carry it back to "safety" (an area designated as a safe zone, like a basket, or a couch corner.) Once all of his numbers are rescued, give your hero a chance to tell you about his adventures. Let him pick up each number one by one, identify it, and tell you how he saved in from certain danger.
- After all 10 numbers have been “rescued," have your child hang the vest and the pail back on the hook.
Not only does this game present a great opportunity for pretend play, but it puts the power in your child's hands. It's a great way to practice number recognition, but also to work those pre-reading skills. As your child describes how he saved each number, he'll be practicing recall and other skills that will help later with reading comprehension.
Adapted with permission from "Learn Every Day About Numbers." Copyright 2009 by Kathy Charner (Editor). Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.