Do you like to see bright and cheery colors after a bleary Winter season? Or perhaps you are entering the dull season and would like to save this for that day... These rainbow counting cards activity is just what your preschoolers need too. They are a perfect activity for Spring and around St. Patrick's Day!
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Learning with rainbows and rainbow colors makes any counting activity more fun and inviting. We used colorful pompoms as counting manipulatives here, but one can use buttons, mini erasers, even candy like M&M's or Skittles!
How to set up this rainbow counting activityYou will need:
- The free printable cards (link at bottom of post)
- Rainbow color manipulatives
- Numbers (we used craft foam ones here)
- Rainbow color containers (optional but nice to have)
How to play and learn
The aim of this activity is to let young children explore numbers and counting from 1 to 10. You will see there are also two blank cards if you wish to add other numbers too. This will depend on the age and ability of the child.
- Simply count out numbers using the manipulatives. This not only works on counting, one-on-one correspondence, but fine motor skills too!
- Find the correct number (this develops visual discrimination).
- Compare numbers by looking at the pompoms and seeing hands-on which card has the most/least. Talk about these concepts to develop language and vocabulary.
- Place the number cards in order, from 1 to 10. Count forwards and backwards.
This post was contributed by:
Nadia from Teach Me Mommy
Nadia is a South African mommy of two and a therapist at a elementary remedial school. She blogs over at Teach me Mommy about easy and playful activities with the aim to teach. You can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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