Corduroy Number Sense Activities for Preschool

In addition to the Math and Literacy Activities included in our Let's Play.Learn.Grow Corduroy unit, we completed some fun hands on number sense activities for learning the number 1 and counting to 10.

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This post includes all of the number and counting activities we did as part of our Corduroy Unit.

Corduroy: Number Sense Activities-Counting To 10 and Number 1 activities

All of our activities we completed were engaging and made learning numbers and counting to ten fun for my little learners.

Corduroy: 10 Frame Counting Mat

10 FRAME BUTTON COUNTING: For this activity, we used the ten frame counting mat included in the curriculum (to be used across all the themes) and used buttons to count out a certain number on the ten frame. Pick a number card, place it in the box at the top of the ten frame mat, and use a manipulative to count out the correct number. 

Corduroy: Grab and Count Buttons Counting Activity

GRAB AND COUNT BUTTONS: This activity is simple yet effective. I filled a small basket with 10 buttons, since we are only focusing on counting objects to 10. Miss 4 would grab a handful, lay them out, and then count how many she had. She would then add the buttons back into the basket and repeat, each time grabbing a different amount of buttons. 

Corduroy: Roll and Count Buttons Counting Activity

ROLL AND COUNT BEARS: For this counting activity we used our Learning Resources counting bears and a dice. Miss 4 would roll the die, identify the number, and then grab counting bears and count out the corresponding amount. This was perfect for subitizing the number on the die and for counting out a quantity. 

Corduroy: Bear Counting Mats Counting Activity

COUNTING BEAR MATS: This activity was a favorite of both Miss 4 and Mr. 2.5 (who did it alongside big sister). I printed and laminated the bear number mats from the Corduroy activity pack, laid out the cards, and the kids used buttons to count out the correct number. Miss 4 would identify the number and together they worked to use the buttons to count out the correct amount. 

Corduroy: Find & Cover Number 1 Number Identification Activity

FIND AND COVER NUMBER 1: The focus number for our Corduroy unit was the number 1. I printed a copy of our Find and Cover Number 1 mat and used a green (focus color) dot marker to find and cover all of the number 1s on the sheet. You can use these Find and Cover Mats in so many different ways with different covering manipulatives. 

Corduroy: Button Tracing Numbers Activity

BUTTON TRACING NUMBERS: This activity helped to reinforce how each of the numbers are formed and was an excellent fine motor activity. I have one copy of all of our mats laminated and bound using my Proclick binding machine. This set of mats I use for multiple activities so I love having them all together so I can quickly and easily grab the whole set and find the mat I need. For this one, Miss 4 used buttons to practice tracing each of the numbers.

Corduroy: Sandpaper Number 1 Trace

SANDPAPER TRACE NUMBER 1: This one is a simple yet effective sensory number writing activity to help children learn how the number "feels" and is an excellent prewriting activity. Simply take a piece of sandpaper and use a sharpie marker to write a number 1 on it. Miss 4 then used her finger to trace the number 1 several times. She then wrote several number 1s on a piece of paper. 

Corduroy: Trace & Count Playdough Mats

TRACE AND COUNT NUMBER 1: We continued our focus on the number 1 using our Trace and Count Mat. For this activity, I have all of the trace and count mats laminated and bound with my Proclick binding machine. Miss 4 used a dry erase marker to trace the number 1 and then used a ball of playdough to count out 1 on the ten frame. You can use any manipulative to fill in the ten frame. We love using playdough balls for these types of activities for the extra fun sensory experience. 

Corduroy: Dot Marker Trace/Write Number 1

DOT MARKER TRACE/WRITE NUMBER 1: We love using our dot markers for our activities. Miss 4 used the green dot marker to create a number 1 on the paper. Since she already knows how to write all her numbers, I had her create one on a blank piece of paper, but there are number mats included in the curriculum that could be used for those who need extra practice tracing the numbers.  

We had an absolute blast playing and learning alongside Corduroy!!!


Corduroy Preschool Unit


You can find the lesson plans, directions, and activity printables for all activities in the Corduroy unit plus all 41 other units in our Let's Play.Learn.Grow Curriculum

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