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This ladybug math was a fun way for my kids to practice recognizing numbers and get some fine motor practice at the same time.
Do you have any dot stickers? We buy these at office supply stores, but you can easily get them online.
First I got out a page of red dot stickers.
Then I got out a black Sharpie and decorated them to look like ladybugs:
What? You don’t think they look like ladybugs? Yeah, my daughter said they looked like pizzas. My son wanted to know where their heads were.
Come on, now. When’s the last time you looked at a ladybug’s head?
You could get always something like these ladybug stickers if it really bothers you.
But I wasn’t bothered, so I gave them to each of my big kids to complete a number recognition activity. I gave my Two (almost three) a page with the numbers 1-10. We do a lot of this sort of thing, and over a couple months the numbers are finally starting to stick (I think I just made a little joke there).
I told him the ladybugs were hungry, and I would say, “The next ladybug wants to eat the number 4.” Then he would cover it with his sticker. If he needed help, I’d give a hint: “An eight has two circles.”
My Four completed a page with the numbers 1-20. Next time we’ll tackle numbers from 20-100, because he’s got these down now.
Finally, I printed a blank copy and programmed it with numbers from 100-1000. My Five (almost six) enjoyed the challenge.
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