Magic Number – A Subitising Game

Magic Number - A subitising game for young children

Magic Number - A subitising game for young children

I have been practising subitising and subitising and MORE subitsing with the five year olds in our classroom.  There are lots of fun ways to learn this skill! Learning to subitise is a super important foundation maths skill for young children, they can never get enough of it.

You can find more subitising games here >>> Learning About Numbers – Subitising and Number Recognition

Here is a simple game that we’ve been playing. You might like to try it out with the four and five year olds in your life.

Magic Number

Number of players: 1 (a whole class can play this at the same time)

You will need:

  • 1 six sided die
  • 1 whiteboard (or piece of paper)
  • 1 whiteboard marker (or pencil)
  • 1 dice mat*

*the dice mat is just for making the sound of 24 children rolling dice a little quieter!!

How to play:

  • Think of a ‘magic number’ from 1 – 6.
  • Roll the dice onto your dice mat and into your bear cave. A what now? A bear cave means slightly cupping your hand on the desk as a little gutter to stop the dice from rolling off the table. It helps prevent over eager dice rollers!!
  • Look at the number on the dice and say it to yourself, eg. if you roll a 6, say “six!”
  • If the number you’ve rolled is your magic number, draw a tally mark on your whiteboard.
  • Keep playing and adding tally marks to your board every time you roll your magic number.
  • See how many magic numbers you can roll!

Adults might not think that this simple game is much fun but kids who are just learning about number get super excited when they see their magic number appear!

Here are some other subitising activities that I use in the classroom:

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities

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I’m so excited to share the Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities ebook with you! You might remember that I also collaborated on two other fantastic ebooks with NurtureStore. They’ve both had so much support and positive feedback from readers, I just know that you’re all going to love this ebook too.

What will I find in the Fizz, Pop, Bang! ebook?

  • Fizz, Pop, Bang! has lots of hands-on, super awesome fun science and math activities for kids.
  • All activities are all play based, making them perfect for kids and a great way to have fun while learning.
  • You can use these activities for weekend projects, school, homeschool, summer camps, anytime!
  • There are so many inspiring ideas that are really practical with everything all in one place.
  • The ebook features gorgeous photos and easy to follow step-by-step guides.
  • The ebook includes 40 ideas for children aged 3 to 8, with twenty printable resources and additional links to over 80 more activities.

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Hidden Towers – A Lego Game

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I am absolutely soaking up these school holidays. I love my job very much but these long, lazy days with no where to rush to and no lunches to pack are just delicious. Today I even had an afternoon nap while Rocky slept and Pebble watched a movie. A nap!

This past week we’ve had some catch ups with friends, a mummy-daughter day while Rocky had a day with Grandma, we’ve played at the park and stayed in our PJs all day.

Now reality is starting to seep back in and I’m thinking about the classroom again and what I need to get ready for the new term. Term 3! Where has that time gone? This group of five year olds is coming along in leaps and bounds – that’s one of the awesome things about teaching this age group. They grow and learn right before your eyes!

Last term I taught the class a game using unifix cubes. It’s a very noisy game involving lots of talking! It’s lots of fun and with lots of learning too. I call it “Hidden Towers” and it’s all about spatial awareness, location, position and giving and following directions.

Today Pebble and I had a go at playing it using lego bricks (with a little bit of “help” from Rocky) and she had fun with it. I love that this game can be adapted to be easier or harder depending on the kids that are playing. More about that in a minute, for now this is how to play:

Hidden Towers – A Lego Game

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Age: 4 – 6 (refer adaptations below for other age groups)

Players: 2

You will need:

Six lego bricks (or any coloured blocks that easily stack) per player, in exactly the same colours and sizes.
A barrier (eg. a large, hard cover picture book)

How to play:

Player 1 creates a tower or structure using the lego bricks without showing Player 2.
Keeping the tower hidden (we used a picture book as a barrier), Player 1 describes their tower to Player 2.
Player 2 follows the directions until the tower is complete.
Both players reveal their towers – are they the same? The should be! If not, try again.

Adaptations:

  • For younger children use less blocks.
  • For older children use more blocks in a greater range of shapes and sizes.
  • To increase the difficulty set a time limit or a limited number of moves to achieve the matching tower (eg. six directions).

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We played a simple version today, with just six blocks and a singular column tower. As Pebble gets used to the game we’ll introduce trickier structures and more bricks. And perhaps play at the table instead of on the floor, to avoid the toddler interference!

What games do your kids like to play with lego?

Awesome Apps for Preschoolers

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Book Creator

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app is a powerful and simple tool for creating iBooks on the iPad and is just amazing for practising literacy skills. There are so many things you can create with it – it’s not just for little kids, older children and adults can use it too. Pebble loves creating her own stories by taking photos of her toys and recording her voice.  It took about five minutes for her to learn how to use it independently. I love using this in the classroom too.

Play School Play Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This is one of Pebble’s favourite games to play, especially in the late arvo as I’m cooking dinner. If she’s not in the mood to help in the kitchen she sits at the kitchen bench and plays this instead. It’s fantastic for teaching children about time and patterns throughout the day with lots of interactive games. There is a game for every hour of the day on the Play School clock with each game teaching new skills. Children can also watch Play School through the app.

Bo’s Bed Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app teaches kids about bed time routine with the help of a cute giraffe named Bo. They help Bo to tidy her room, take a bath, brush her teeth, put on her PJs, find her teddy bear, read a book and give kisses goodnight. It’s super easy for kids to follow and play along, and some parts of the game change each time you play, which helps to keep it interesting. It includes concepts such as colour, sorting, matching and counting. Bo has a bunch of other games available too.

Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Go into outer space with Bugsy and learn about letters, sounds and words. When Pebble first started playing this game she didn’t know many of the letters, but now she is getting much more accurate. The game allows for mistakes, giving you as many tries as you need to get the answer right, which is perfect for preschoolers who would get too frustrated with a three-strikes-and-you’re-out style. Parents can choose which subjects the game covers, so if you’re child isn’t ready for spelling or reading yet you can choose to turn that off.

Bug Builder

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Bug Builder allows kids to create their own cute bugs using coloured paints, dress them, feed them, wash them and take a photo of them. Once each bug has had his turn it pops out a little egg, which sees the arrival of a new bug to be coloured, dressed, washed, fed and photographed. Just for fun :) I love hearing Pebble laugh hysterically at her creations. This app is also great fun for toddlers.

Pocket Phonics

Family Holiday Planning: Toys, Games and Gear to Pack for Kids

Another app that I love to use at school and home. this app teaches children letter sounds and formation and simple words. I love how quickly Pebble has been able to make words on her own, and so does she! She almost exploded with excitement as she read new words. You can add different profiles for each user, so that they can continue their learning from the last time they played.

Which apps do your preschoolers love to play? 

25+ Awesome Activities for Preschoolers

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It’s here, it’s here! I’ve been holding this little baby under my hat for weeks, but I can finally announce that the Three to Five: Playful Preschool ebook is HERE! I was thrilled when Cathy from NurtureStore asked me to be a part of another of her amazing ebooks, you might remember that I collaborated on the Zero to Two ebook earlier in the year. It was a winner and has had so much support from readers, I just know that you’re all going to love this ebook too.

What will I find in the ‘Three to Five: Playful Preschool’ ebook?

  • 25+ awesome activities for preschoolers
  • hands on, play based learning
  • inspiring ideas that are practical and easy to follow
  • beautiful photos and step by step guides
  • 10 printable resources including a city play scape scene, My First Journal pages, a recipe card, numbers game, weather chart printables, alphabet play mats, hand drawn art pages, conversation cards, block building challenge cards and bookmarks)
  • links to over 50 more preschool activities
  • ideas for language, literacy, science, art and play
  • features from some of the best play blogs, including Laughing Kids Learn, Picklebums, Babble Dabble Do, Rainy Day Mum, Lessons Learnt Journal, One Perfect Day and many more.

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