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A Counting Activity


A counting activity

Read the book Ten in the bed from start to finish. After reading the story, invite discussion and observation of individual pages and illustrations. Focus on mathematical discussion; counting, spotting differences or similarities, colour, shape, size, distance and pattern. Read the story again and using soft toys, model the process of one falling out. Let the children remove the toys in the right order. Alternatively, use the children themselves as ‘toys’ lying on a doona and rolling out of the bed, one by one, as you re-read the story.  Concepts children will experience include:

  • Counting
  • One more
  • One less
  • Ordering and ordinal numbers (first, second etc)
  • Combining sets

[contributed by Dr Marianne Knaus]


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