The free membership printable this week is pumpkin number match and clip which is a great activity for number recognition and fine motor development. I printed two sets of the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I set the number pumpkins out in a basket along with some clothespins. I made had the two sets in separate places in the basket instead of combining them into one.
In this activity children find the pumpkins with the same numbers and clip them together with a clothespin. Play continues until all the pumpkins have been match. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday October 11th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the pumpkin number match is also located.
We love working with pumpkins seeds ... there are so many things your can do with them!! I set this activity up in our math center using two pumpkin bowls that I purchased from Target. You can use any kind of bowl or container that works for you. I put the pumpkin seeds in one of the bowls and set out a pair of jumbo tweezers along with dice.
The children rolled the dice and then used the tweezers to transfer the same number of pumpkin seeds into the empty bowl. They continued to roll the dice until all of the pumpkins seeds had been transferred. This activity can also be done without the tweezers and/or the dice.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
We work in outdoor centers for part of the day today and for our math center I made a watermelon pick and count activity. I free cut the watermelon pattern from red and green cardstock paper and glued them on to a sheet of blue cardstock paper. I glued a blank square on the upper left corner of the watermelon mat and then laminated the mat. I printed out the number squares and also laminated them. You can find the patterns for both the watermelon and the number squares 1-30 here.
For our counters we used small black pom poms but you can also use black pony beads (remember to use supervision for children three and under and those still in the stages of putting small objects in their mouths).
Children picked a number card and put it in the blank square on the watermelon mat. The next step was to put the same number of black pom poms on the water melon. They continued until they had used all of the number cards. This is also an excellent activity for fine motor development.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
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