Are you getting into the “Easter fun and learning” zone now, my friend? I hope so! I hope you are seeing how easy, fun, and natural learning can be with these little Easter freebies.
We have learned letters on Day 1, colours on Day 2, and today we are diving into learning all about numbers!
This Easter freebie is awesome for children of all ages to dive into some deep math learning. To begin, I wanted to share with you the three steps for learning numbers:
1. Counting: This is the skill of knowing the order the numbers occur. This is the skill of reciting the numbers 1, 2, 3. It is NOT the skill of seeing a 3 and saying “three”—that skill is number recognition.
2. Number Recognition: Well, that is the skill of seeing a 3 and saying “three” (echo).
3. One-to-One Correspondence: This is the number skill that involves seeing one object and counting it as the number one. Or, seeing five objects and counting them one at a time, one, two, three, four, five.
And if you really want a super handy, step-by-step guide full of playful activities at your fingertips, please grab my eBook: Play into Math Readiness!
The learning activities with this Easter freebie focus on all three of these areas of math learning—and for older learners, we dive into deeper math concepts that use this solid foundation.
How to play and learn with this Number Easter Egg Freebie!
Just like with the coloured Easter eggs, a great place to start this learning is by having your child help you cut out these Easter eggs. The curving lines are great practice for children who are learning to use scissors. It is excellent for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills and great for hand strengthening as well.
Of course, if your child is very young, or if you are like 10-years-ago-Sarah (and a bit perfectionistic), you can cut these eggs out yourself.
Colour and Decorate! Begin by having your little one colour and decorate the Easter eggs. This is great fine motor practice and lots of fun. If you have stickers at home, have your child place a sticker in each polks dot of the Easter eggs—so Easter egg number one would have one sticker, Easter egg number two would have two stickers, and so on. Of course, if your little one isn’t into this step, they definitely don’t need to be decorated.
Pop them on the Ground! Tape these number Easter eggs to the ground and have your little ones practice the skills of counting and number recognition. Have them “jump” on each Easter egg the correct number of times – jumping once on the Easter egg with the number one on it, and so on.
Gather the right number! With the Easter eggs still on the ground, have your child go on a scavenger hunt to try to find the correct number of items. What do you have only one of in the house? Perhaps it is a Mommy! Pop her on number one. What do you have only two of? Maybe it’s two socks. Continue this game for all of the numbers.
Hunt and Find! Hide the number Easter eggs around your home and have your child go on a hunt to find them. As he finds the Easter eggs, have him find them and call out the numbers. Afterward, have your child place them in order.
Decorate! Have your older learners decorate their Easter eggs to look beautiful. It is so much more fun to play and learn with beautiful things.
Make the Biggest/Smallest Numbers! Have your child use the numbered Easter eggs to make the biggest number possible. And then to make the smallest number possible. You can change this up by only giving your child certain numbers at a time.
Guess my Number! Think of a number between 1-100 – or 1-1000! Have your child try to guess that number in as few guesses as possible (ideally, she will learn to guess with halfway intervals). Once she guesses your number, have her build it using the Easter eggs.
Build my Number! Say a number to your child and have her try to build it using the Easter eggs. Ask follow-up questions such as: ‘what number is in the hundreds column?’
Alright, now that we know lots of different ways to play and learn with these numbered Easter eggs, it is time to grab your FREE Printable!
I hope you and yours love these free printable Number Easter Eggs! Happy playing and learning numbers (and Happy Easter too!)
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