We have talked several times about concept of number sense, this means that your Lil’ understands the value each numerical symbol represents. While that is certainly the foundation of what number sense is there is another aspect of number sense and that is understanding a numbers relation to other numbers. For instance, it means knowing that the number two is more than the number one, comes after the number one, and can be represented by putting one and one together.
As you can see number sense is a very big and important concept and while your Lil’ is unlikely to master it quite yet, they can begin working on it.
Today’s number activity is going to be working on the idea that you can put numbers (values) together to get a larger value.
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Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-10 (9-10)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-10 (9-10)
  • Combine sets to get larger sets up to 10 total (8 crackers and 1 cracker make 9 crackers)

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-20 (7-10)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-20(7-10)
  • Combine sets to get larger sets up to 20 total (10 crackers and 5 crackers make 15 crackers)

Required Materials

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Dr. & Nurses Number Building Template


Step #1
Print and cut out the Dr. & Nurses Number Building Template.
We cut out all the counter pieces on the last page and we cut the remaining pages in half so that there was only one number on each page.
You only need to cut out the numbers you are working on for this month, however we included numbers 1-20 incase you are working on different numbers than us.
Step #2

Help your Lil’ identify the number that they are working on (the number at the top of the page).

Step #3

Count the objects that are printed on the paper.

Step #4

Continue counting adding one paper counter at a time until you have reached the number you are working on.

Step #5

Repeat this process for all of the numbers you are working on.

Teacher Tip

This activity is a foundational activity for adding, however if you use phrases like “keep counting until we get to 9” or “count 9 objects” it feels more like a counting activity and is less intimidating.


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