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Bee Hive Number Recognition ActivityThis bee-themed number recognition activity is a great addition to your spring and summer math centers. Little ones will work on a variety of skills with this activity. However, it does take a little prep work to get started.
Supplies NeededPrint each of the pages out and laminate them for durability. Cut out the ten numbered bees. Put a velcro dot on each numbered circle around the beehive. And, put velcro dots on the back of each numbered bee. To play the activity, have your child match the numbered bee to its circle by the beehive. To begin, let your child practice matching on their own. While they do this, they'll be working on number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and hand-eye coordination.
Variations:Once your child is confidently identifying the numbers, you can change things up. The next step would be for you to call out a number. They will search through the bees to find the correct one and then place it around the hive. You can also say things like "find the bee that comes after 5" or "find the bee that comes before 9". This will help prepare your child for beginning addition and subtraction.
Extend the LearningYou can extend the learning with a basket full of books about bees. More advanced learners may be ready to try out some more advanced bee-themed math activities. You can round out your bee-themed lessons with an alphabet matching game, as well.
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Tara from Homeschool Preschool
Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. She has successfully homeschooled her oldest two, and is currently homeschooling her youngest. Though her children are older, she is always looking for an opportunity to create educational activities and content for young learners. She blogs about homeschooling, preschool activities, and other educational topics at Homeschool Preschool.
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