A List Maker's Life: Think About It Thursday

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Think About It Thursday

After reading the simple suggestion here for practicing scissor skills using hardware store paint samples I wanted to come up with an activity that would use the scraps. Here's what we did...

Learning Objectives:
Gavin will write numbers 0-30 and the count by 10's to 100.
Anne Hope will recognize number matches
Gavin and Anne Hope will learn the names for numbers to 100.

~paint chip samples

1. Cut apart each color chip from the strip of 3.
2. The adult should write a number on one paint chip.
3. The learner must copy the number on the second paint chip
4. Label as many of the samples as you would like, according to the numbers you are practicing.
We used the numbers 1-30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, & 100. (Anne Hope is practicing numbers 1-30; Gavin is working on "count bys")

5. When all of the number pairs are ready play memory.
6. To keep our young children from getting frustrated with memory we play a bit differently. On each turn the player turns over 2 cards and leaves them face up. As turns are taken if 2 of the same cards are face up the person whose turn it is gets to claim the match.



  1. Great idea. Abby really needs to work on her writing skills.

  2. What a great idea. I am so impressed with how well Gavin writes! He is going to be so far ahead when he starts K - his teachers will love him!

  3. What a great idea! Now there are several learning activities: cutting, number writing, number recognition, matching...so clever Katie!

  4. Never a lack of great and simple ideas on your blog! I wish I could be so teacher-y with my sweet 3-year old!!

  5. I like your idea on how to play memory with young kids. I'm gonna have to try that. Thanks for the tip!!


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