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Family Chart

Make a family chart by graphing the number of family members in each child's family. Ask each child to name each member of his or her family, and hand out a strip of paper for each family member named. Invite each child to place the strips on the chart and say, I'm adding____ people to the chart. When everyone has had a turn, count out loud the total number of strips.

*Subtraction

Cat Cat Mouse Game

Gather children in a circle. Together, count the number of children in the circle. Then play "Cat, Cat, Mouse." The "cat" will walk around the circle until the teacher says "mouse."
Whomever the "cat" is standing behind must leave the circle and join the "cat." Count the number of children left in the circle and explain that there is now one less. Repeat until you have an entire class of "cats."

*Classification

Morning, Noon, and Night-Bulletin Board
Need: magazines, scissors, glue, bulletin board.

Divide a bulletin board into three sections labeled "morning," "afternoon," and "evening." Draw a rectangle in each section. You could add a picture at the top of each rectangle. Morning could be a smiley face, afternoon could be a less smiley face, evening a sleeping face.
Have the children cut clothes and objects from the magazines and place them into the proper region. For example, what would someone wear in the morning? When would a toaster most likely be used? When would a bed most likely be used?

Morning, Noon, and Night
Need: magazines, catalogs, paper

Make a three page book. Label the pages: Morning, Afternoon and Night. Have children find pictures of morning, afternoon, and evening routines to cut out. Show the pictures. Have children glue the pictures onto the correct page in their books.

3-Ring Circles

Place 3 pieces of yarn on the floor to make a "3-ring circles". Have children sort buttons, toys or other objects and place each item inside a ring.

Then take 2 related and 1 unrelated objects and place them in a ring. Do this for each ring. Have a child remove the thing that does not belong.

Sort the Cars
Need: toy cars

Place a large assortment of toy cars in the group time area. Challenge children to find different ways to sort them. Possibilities include color, number of wheels, cars with or without writing, cars with doors that open, and number of doors. Children might come up with other ideas, as well.

Color Lids
Need: paper scraps, yarn, fabric, small lids, felt pieces, glue, juice-can lids

Ask children to sort materials by color. Children may glue materials of the same color onto juice-can lids. Children can make several lids of different colors.

*Measurement

*Fingerplay/Songs

Measuring
tune: pussy cat pussy cat

Meas-ure your hand, and then meas-ure your nose,
Meas-ure your feet and then meas-ure your toes,
Meas-ure your head, then your ears, and your chin,
You're smil-ing, you're hap-py! Let's meas-ure your grin!

*Measuring & Comparing

Strings of me!
Need: Yarn or string cut to the same height as
the child.

Measure each child with a piece of string. Let the
children compare their string with other objects and other
children's strings. Contributed by: Leslie Lee

Measure the children

Use tape measure and measure the height of the children. Use tape to mark heights on the wall.

Group Measuring Feet

Children will get a "kick" out of measuring objects with their own feet. Pairs can help each other trace around a foot on a piece of paper. Children can use their footprints to measure the length of a table, the doorway; and other classroom items.

Mouse Tails

Show children the picture of the mouse. Help children find partners and cut a piece of black string the length of the mouse’s tail for each pair. Show children how to use the mouse-tail measurer to determine the length of an object.
Encourage them to find more objects to measure, such as a book, a block, the tabletop, or a shirt sleeve.

*Weighing & Comparing

Rock & Leaf (heavy & light)

Set up the balance scale. Explain the concepts of heavy and light by using a large stone on one side of the scale and a leaf on the other side. Invite children to look for other items around the area that can be weighed on the scale. Encourage children to weigh their items along with those of their classmates to compare weights.

*Opposites

*Fingerplays/Songs

Opposite Chant

I can say yes
And I can say no,
I can say fast
And I can say slow,

I can say bottom
And I can say top,
I can start
And I can STOP!

*Art

Opposite Painting

Have children use glue to create patterns on heavy cardboard. The children need to apply the glue thickly. Let dry (may need to do on a Friday).

When the glue is dry have children brush paint over the glue design, cover it with a sheet of paper, press firmly. Then carefully lift off the paper. Have children compare the design on the print with the original glue design.

Hairy-Dos
Need: glue, various sizes of macaroni and spaghetti, 2 9x12 inch white drawing paper for each child.

Give each child two sheets of white construction paper. Have them draw a large circle on each piece. One sheet will be for long things only; the other for short things only.
On the "long" sheet, have the children draw long eyes, nose, and mouth. Then tell them to create a hairdo for the long face using long spaghetti. Glue the spaghetti onto the sheet.
On the "short" sheet, have the children draw short eyes, nose, and mouth and glue on short pieces of macaroni.

Little Hand, Big Hand

Fold a construction paper in two and label one part "Big" and the other part "Little". Trace a large hand on the construction papers. Hand the papers to the children and have each child trace their hand beside the large hand.

Table Drawing
Needed: table, 2 strips of paper the length of the table,
crayons or markers 1 for each child

Tape the paper to the bottom of the table and give each child a crayon. Show them how to color by laying down on the floor and let them draw whatever they want. I told them that it was opposite week and the opposite of top was bottom.

You could place paper on both the top and the bottom of the table and have the children draw on the top and bottom papers. Ask them which was easier to draw on.
Contributed by: Lisa Ladner

*Sequencing

Number Order
Need: ten 4" x 3" cards

Draw one circle on the first card, two on the second, etc. Place cards on floor, mix them up and have children put them in the correct order.

Nature's Niches
Need: twigs, leaves, and weeds, large sheet of construction paper (22x28inches)

Randomly give each child a bunch of dried grasses, weeds, twigs, and leaves. Have them order them from shortest to longest on paper. Glue them down and make a forest scene from dried pieces.

Coloured Gumdrops

With my preschool class...For a math activity I had the children count gumdrops, and make patterns with the gumdrops! They loved it and it was definately tasty at the end!
Contributed By: Ria Galvin

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