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What's Missing?

What you will need

  • Scarf
  • Common objects such as crayon, cup, small ball, spoon, miniature animals, cars or dolls, marker, block, scissors, picture

Words you can use

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  5. Five
  6. Other numbers
  7. Crayon
  8. Cup
  9. Small ball
  10. Spoon
  11. Block
  12. Hats
  13. Dress-up clothes
  14. Miniature animals
  15. Cars or dolls
  16. Marker
  17. Scissors
  18. Puppet
  19. Book
  20. Tambourine
  21. Other common objects

What to do

Gather a group of common objects that the children would be familiar with. (This activity works best with a small group of children.)

Put a few of items (with young children start with just three items) on a table and cover them with a scarf.

Remove the scarf and ask the children to count the items. After they count them again, cover the items and remove one or more.

Show the children the remaining items and ask them to count them. They should come up with a different number than the first time.

After counting the remaining items, prompt the children to name the missing items.

Continue to increase the number of objects (make sure the number is developmentally appropriate).

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