Sunday, November 30, 2014

Number Sequence (What's the Missing Number?)


Lights lights everywhere! Christmastime offers up so many beautiful lights whether hanging them or admiring them.  Personally, for me, I can't get enough of them as they are so pretty.  The lights inspired me to do this activity.

We do a fair amount of number writing in our homeschool preschool but we haven't done too much in the way of number sequence.  Here's what we did:

I had some color coding labels that happened to include the colors red and green, perfect for Christmastime!


I cut out shapes of light bulbs, drew a line on a large piece of white paper, stuck on the 'lights' and wrote numbers 1-12 leaving every other light blank for my 4 year old to fill in.


My daughter immediately got to work!





When we do an activity I never know for sure what will grab my daughter's attention.  With this particular activity my 4 year old took to it immediately.  Their was almost no explaining, after seeing it she knew exactly what she needed to do.  She seen number 1 and when she went to count the next 'light' her exact words were, "uh-oh!"  She knew the next number was missing, grabbed the marker and quickly began filling in the rest of the missing numbers.  We were done in a minute and she was asking to do it again, yay (and nay)!  Love when that happens but unfortunately, I didn't have another one prepared, so........my daughter flipped over the paper and made her own version of number sequencing!



Materials needed:
Red and green labels or construction paper
Large white piece of paper
Black permanent marker

The most time consuming part was cutting out the labels to resemble lights but other than that it's super easy and a fun way to teach number sequence.  I also thought you could make this more of a craft by making the 'lights' using your child's fingerprints!!






21 comments:

  1. What a sweet idea! I love all the festive spins on homeschooling activities that I'm seeing lately!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the comment! My daughter absolutely loved this activity. Always amazes me at what grabs their attention!

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  2. Super fun activity for the kids with a hint of Christmas, love this idea.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! My daughter really enjoyed it too and took right to it!

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  3. This a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I appreciate you stopping by!

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  4. My favorite part is when your daughter adapted the activity into her own number chart. Love it.

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    1. Jeannine, I couldn't agree more! I LOVED that too! Put a great big smile on my face!

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  5. That is such a clever ideas! Thank you for sharing it with us #Pintorials

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I appreciate that!! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thanks, Anna! Appreciate you stopping by!

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  7. It always cracks me up how we can spend 20 minutes preparing an activity for our kids that they rip through in less than a minute! Great idea!

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    1. Hi Sharon, thanks for stopping by! I loved that she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to do it again!

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  8. So cute! I love this idea... Love using themes with learning. I would love for you to share this and some of your other ideas at the Intentional Parenting Link Party!

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    1. Thanks, Keri! I will be sure to check out your link party, thanks for invite!

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  9. What a fun way to teach number sequence! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

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    1. Thanks Selena! I loved that my daughter enjoyed the activity enough to do her own version! Thanks for stopping by!

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