Recognize how many in a set of objects as you build a number creature with this simple-to-do, easy-to-create craft project from How Many Ways Can You Make Five?
Great Books to Read Before Doing This Activity
- 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
- Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
- Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert
- Collage materials, such as cut-out paper shapes, stickers, craft feathers, toothpicks, craft sticks, chenille stems, and yarn
- Glue sticks
- One number die
- Paper towel tubes
How to Do It:
- Use a paper towel tube for the base. The tube can be used horizontally or vertically to create a "creature."
- Roll the die and, whatever number comes up, choose that many of each collage material.
- Create your creature by attaching the materials to the tube base. For example, if you rolled a four, you might attach four feathers for wings, four strips of paper for stripes, four stickers for eyes, and so on. Be creative!
- Help your child name his creature (incorporating the number in the creature's name, such as Four-Feathered Fred), and then make a label for the creature.
(Adapted from NCTM's Showcasing Mathematics for the Young Child, 2004.)