Water play can be used in so many ways from an incredibly young age. Don’t print that work sheet, get outside and learn about numbers with this engaging Water Play with Numbers activity.
How to set up your Water Play With Numbers activity
You will need:
- A container
- Food colouring (optional – we went with yellow)
- Glitter (optional – biodegradable glitter is recommended)
- Number set
- 2 Dice
How to use your Water Play Numbers set up
There are many ways you can use this set up. Here are a few of them:
Just let your little learner splash, sink, float, balance… anything they can think of with these numbers.
2. Super Speed Search
Add some speed to increase the excitement. Call out the name of a number and your child has to find the shape as fast as they can. If you have more than one little learner, then set it up as a race.
Up the challenge. Call out a number sequence, the players need to find the next number in the sequence. For example, call out, “2, 4, 6…” and they need to find 8.
3. Roll and find #1
Roll a die and find the numeral that matches. This is a great way to build up number recognition and develop an understanding of value.
4. Roll and find #2
Roll 2 dice, add up the 2 numbers and find the numeral that matches. This is a great way to build up number recognition and develop an understanding of value, including some teens numbers.
5. Sort it out!
Choose a way to categorise your numbers (e.g. even, odd, multiple of 3, greater than 5 etc.).
Players each scoop up some numbers with a net. They must sort their numbers as agreed. The player with the most numbers to fit the category, is the winner! Is it a tie? Then take another scoop of numbers and repeat.
6. Gone fishing
If you have a little net or fishing rod, who can catch the most numbers? If you can add up all of the numbers in your catch, you can keep them. If you cannot, they must be released back into the container. The player with the most numbers at the end, wins.
How would YOU use this activity?
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