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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to introduce numbers and numeracy concepts with young children. It’s a mix between show and tell and math time. I figured the best way to show you what I mean would be to make a video. Here I’ll show a lot of different options for using the number bag or math bag. You DON’T need to do them all in one sitting, I just wanted you to see all the different concepts you can teach with one type of activity.
What I love most about this activity is that it gets the kids to see numbers and math concepts as they relate to real objects they have a real interest in. Suddenly, math isn’t something you do just with the math manipulatives, but with everything around you!
Here’s the Number Bag Information Sheet you would want to include in your folder inside the bag. Along with it, you’ll want some number cards. If you don’t already have some, the easiest way to create these is to get some index cards, write the number on one side and then attach the corresponding number of dot stickers (from the office supply aisle) on the other side. Ta-da! You have a set of number cards for about $1 and 5 minutes.
As a review, here are some of the concepts you can cover with this activity:
Numeral Recognition (Written representation)
Numbers (Names we use for them)
Rote Counting (Counting in order)
One-to-One Counting (Counting one number for each object)
Comparing – Greater than/Less than (Which is greater/less? By how much?)
Categorizing and Sorting by Changing Qualifiers (Sorting the same group by big and little, then by hard and soft)
What else could you do with the Number Bag?