Feed the Squirrels Counting Activity

feed the squirrels counting activity
Every year I like to take my class out for a nature walk to observe the signs of fall. On these walks, we often come across a busy squirrel or two. This provides the perfect teaching opportunity about why squirrels gather and store nuts and seeds for the approaching winter. To extend this lesson I developed this entertaining counting game which teaches number sense.

Line the squirrels up in a row, and provide the children with a pile of acorns. Then instruct them to place the correct number of acorns (the amount that corresponds to the number on the squirrel’s tail) in the cup. As children pick up and place each acorn, have them state the correct number. In doing so, they will strengthen their one-to one-correspondence skills. When all the acorns have been correctly placed, ask the students if they would like to count all the squirrels. This will increase their ability to count to 10 in an accurate sequence.

feed the squirrels counting activity

This game also helps to strengthen fine motor skills. As an added challenge, tweezers and tongs can be used to pick up the acorns.

I have found this activity to be very popular with the majority of my class. I hope that you find that your students enjoy it as well.

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardstock
– Plastic cups
Our numbered squirrels
Googly eyes
– Bird seed (filler for cups)
– Stapler
Faux acorns
– Tweezers and tongs (if desired)

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Spooky Halloween Sensory Bin

spooky halloween sensory bin

This Halloween sensory bin is made of just a little bit of spooky and a whole lot of fun!

Children learn best by using their senses. Tubs filled with a variety of substances and materials enable young ones to use those senses to explore things that capture their attention. As they manipulate the objects, they are seeing, touching, smelling, and hearing. This allows them to collect information and make discoveries, which leads to the practice of many learning concepts.

spooky halloween sensory bin

Young learners build language, social emotional, and problem solving skills as they work alongside their peers to delve into the bin’s contents. They increase their math skills by counting, sorting, and classifying different elements. Quantity comparisons are also made as they decipher who has more “spiders” or “rocks” in their “cauldrons”. Additionally, scooping, pouring, and picking up different items helps to strengthen fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Without a doubt, sensory bins are one of the best hands-on learning tools. So hurry and gather up a container and some spooky goodies!

MATERIALS USED:

– Any suitable container
– Aquarium gravel
Pom poms
Halloween buttons/embellishments
– Sequins
Mini candy cauldrons
Large googly eyes
Plastic spiders, bats, snakes, centipedes, skeletons
Halloween bouncy balls
– Plastic spoons

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Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Trick or treat! This Halloween Math and Literacy Activities pack contains 14 worksheets and 8 learning center activities that practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Number formation
– Patterning
– Measurement (nonstandard)
– Quantity comparison
– Shape recognition
– Association
– Classification
– Attribute variance
– ABC Order
– Letter recognition
– Beginning sound recognition
– Visual discrimination
– Visual memory
– Phonological awareness
– Fine Motor
– Following directions
– Social emotional

Please note that the center activities in this packet are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated, and to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

AUTUMN MIX PATTERN CARDS (COLOR 6)

Autumn Mix Pattern Cards

Provide young learners with a small amount of Brach’s Candy Autumn Mix. Work with children to identify and extend the patterns.

MONSTER NUMBER QUANTITY TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Provide students with googly eyes. Learners will give the monsters their eyes by placing a numbered group of items on its corresponding task card. Encourage younger children to use one-to-one correspondence while counting. Older children can use this activity to practice set recognition.

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

HALLOWEEN ROLL & COVER SHEETS (COLOR 4/B&W 4)

Halloween Roll & Cover

Provide pom poms, vase gems, or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. For individual use, have the child roll the count the dots (or recognize the “set” of dots), and find and cover the corresponding number on the sheet. Repeat until all of the numerals are covered. In small group, give each child a sheet and have them take turns rolling the die. The first person to cover all of their numbers wins. Trade cards and play again!

HALLOWEEN COUNT THE ROOM (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

These cards are to be used in conjunction with the Halloween – Count the Room worksheets. Place the 10 cards (tape, clip, prop, etc.) around the room. Working with a small group, give each child one of the 3 worksheets and a writing utensil (clipboards are optional). As students discover each card, they will count its items and record the number on their worksheets.

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

CANDY CORN MEMORY GAME (COLOR 24/B&W 24)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Place the cards in rows, face down. Prompt students to turn over any two cards. If they match, they keep the pair and go again. If the pictures don’t match, they are turned over and it is the next player’s turn. Encourage children to “take a picture with your brain” to help them recall what is on each card and where it is. The game is over when all the cards have been matched.

SPOOKY SYLLABLES TASK CARDS(COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Supply learns with mini erasers, link cubes (to form towers) or some other small manipulative to use as counters. Encourage children to say each picture name and clap and count each word part. Once they have determined how many syllables are in the word, prompt them to place the correct number of manipulatives in the adjacent space.

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

HALLOWEEN BEGINNING SOUNDS A-Z CLIP STRIPS (COLOR 26/A-Z/B&W 26 A-Z)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Provide clothespins, mini erasers or some other manipulative for children to use as markers. Students will say the picture name and clip or mark it’s beginning letter.

BOO! THE FRIGHTFULLY FUN ALPHABET CARD GAME(COLOR 53/B&W 53)

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

An engaging spin-off of the classic game Old Maid. Print these sheets out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use) and cut into cards. In a small group, shuffle and deal all of the cards. Players will sort through their cards, placing any letter matches face-up on the table.

Starting with the dealer, each child will takes a turn fanning out their hands so that the player to their left can draw one card. Some children may struggle to fan their cards, and that’s okay. Just make sure to emphasize that the children should try to not let the other players see their cards. As your students make letter pairs in their hands, prompt them to discard them immediately onto the table. Depending on how you’d like the game to play out, the player left holding the unmatched card, the BOO! ghost, either loses or wins.

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

WORKSHEETS (14)

With these 14 worksheets children will measure monsters, compare sets of Halloween items, color by numbers, trace shapes, identify some spooky sounds, and so much more!

downloadGET THIS HALLOWEEN MATH AND LITERACY ACTIVITIES PACK HERE.

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