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My Leopard Has 10 Spots

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Numbers

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

none



Instructions:

1. Gather the children together, and ask them to hold out all 10 of their fingers.
2. Recite the following poem, encouraging them to use their fingers to keep
track of the diminishing number of spots.
My Leopard Has 10 Spots
My leopard has ten spots.
I don’t know how,
I don’t know where,
But my leopard lost two spots somewhere.
It’s getting dark, it’s getting late,
To sleep he goes, with only eight.
(Continue making up verses that diminish the number of spots on the leopard
until he has none.)


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