Have a Number Party

123 Versus ABC

Sometimes numbers feels like they get less attention than letters. In this story the numbers make their presence known! Let’s spend a day in the classroom celebrating numbers with a number party!

Recommended Ages:  Preschool/Kindergarten

Domains or Early Learning Standards: Cognition; Mathematics Development

Materials Needed:

  • Create a party atmosphere with party decorations and party hats that can have numbers written on them.

​Preparation: Let the families know that you’re having a Number Party and invite them to prepare their children for the special day with any of the ideas suggested below.

Note to Families:
1.    The day of our Number Party, help your child count things on their clothes. How many buttons, zippers, stripes, or pockets do you have today? 
2.    Help your child pick out something to wear that has a number on it (it can even be the size on the tag).
3.    Talk to your child about the numbers in today’s date and today’s weather.

Games & Activities:

•    Counting Jar - Set up a large jar and fill it with treats. Ask children to guess how many treats are in the jar.

Birthday Cake Image​•    Birthday Cakes - Set up a station with playdough and birthday candles. Have children make cakes and put on candles to celebrate the birthdays of a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old.  How about a birthday cake for the teacher!

•    Counting Snack - Make your own number snack. Set up a station and instruct children to take a certain number of each item (1 cookie, 2 apple slices, 3 pretzels, 4 raisins, 5 chocolate chips).

•    Hide and Seek Numbers - Write numbers on small stones and hide them outside.
•    Number Transitions – Count sheep at naptime, count how many steps to the bathroom, play Simon Says with numbers (Raise 2 hands, jump 4 times, show me 3 fingers, touch 1 ear).

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