Monday, May 3, 2010

Number Walk

This is an easier version of the "Grid Challenge" found in The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book.

Materials Needed: chalk, note cards, marker, and a space where you can draw outside.

1. Draw a large grid on your patio or driveway using chalk.
2. Make enough squares for however high you want your numbers to go. We did numbers 0-10. If I had just done 1-10 or 0-9, our grid would've probably been a bit more even. :)

3. Walk the numbers (in order) and count aloud. The first time we walked the numbers, I held my son and bounced him on each number as I would say it. I encouraged him to say the name of the number too. This is a great little assessment... I learned very quickly that my son didn't know very many of the numbers. Although he can count from 1-10 verbally, knowing how to count the the numbers and visually identify the numbers are two very different skills.

4. Make number flashcards out of note cards. Write each number with a marker, including one number on each card.

5. Show the card to your child, say the number, and then have them match the card with the chalk number on the ground. My son placed the number on top of chalk number. As you play this game again and again, show the card to your child, then encourage your child to name the number first, then match the number (instead of you saying the name).

You can make this game progressively harder by mixing up the number cards, giving your child more than one number to match at a time, and by changing your chalk grid so that the numbers aren't in order.

It was amazing how making a few of those little tweaks made the game much harder for my little guy.

For older kids you could also challenge them to do the following actions:
- step on each number in order from 0-10 (with a mixed up chalk grid)
- hop on each number from 0-10
- jump on each number with two feet from 0-10
- hop on each number backwards in order from 10-0
- jump only on the even numbers
- hop only on the odd numbers

For elementary age kids, you could give them two bean bags and have them throw the bean bags to try and hit two numbers. Once the bean bags land on the numbers, they could add the two numbers together (or subtract them) to practice addition/subtraction skills.

P.S.- In my last post I forgot to thank E.J. for her awesome posts last week while I was lounging in Hawaii. We are totally going to try making a numbers version of her matching game this week! She always has such great ideas!!


  1. I just found your blog from Deborah at Teach have a lot of great ideas! I'm excited to start following you!


  2. Love this one! Going to try this. I do this with the letters in Kailee's name on her alphabet chart, but this is more gross motor and should be interesting/challenging. Thanks again, K! You rock!

  3. We did this on a rainy ikky day inside with uno cards. I had her tell me the name of the numbers and sort them together. So fun.


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