I loved playing Memory (or Concentration) when I was growing up. If you are unfamiliar with the game, all of the cards are face down on a table and you take turns turning over a two at a time to get a match. It’s a great game for improving (you guessed it) memory. We have a few different versions, but I thought it would be fun to make our number game to work on math skills.
- Use notecards or cut cardstock to make twenty cards.
- Have your child write the numbers 1-10 on ten cards.
- Have your child put stickers on the other ten cards. One sticker on the first card, two on the next, and so on.
- Play Memory by matching up numerals with the correct number of stickers.
Common Core Standards
(kindergarten- Write numbers from 0-20)
(kindergarten- Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality)
(kindergarten- Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted)
We have a giant bag of animal stickers leftover from my teaching days. They are really meant for student papers (note the words like “super star”), but my girls don’t mind. They can’t read anyway! 🙂 They just like to stick stickers on paper. I thought it would be fun to do a little learning with our stickers, so I whipped up some animal habitats on construction paper. Sorry- they are really rough. I had some eager sticker girls waiting. I’m sure you (or your kid) can draw better.
Here’s how to learn with stickers…
- Draw habitats on construction paper. Older kids might want to do this themselves. If no one wants to draw, just use a blue piece of paper to represent water, white for snow, green for trees, and so on.
- See if kids can identify the habitats. Talk a little bit about the features of each habitat (wet and warm in the rainforest, dry in the desert). Big Sis didn’t believe me that the grassland looked yellow so we we looked at some pictures on the internet. With older kids, you might want to look at a map or globe to show where the habitats can be found in the world.
- Take turns naming the animal on the sticker and putting it in the right habitat. Some might be found in more the one habitat. Some might be found in the same habitat, but in different parts of the world (African rainforest vs. South American rainforest). Of course if you are dealing with a two year old…keep it simple.