Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Llama Llama Red Pajama Hidden Numbers Blanket Game

Counting games are a wonderful way to teach number order, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and more!  AND...this counting game ties in perfectly with Llama Llama Red Pajama, this month's Virtual Book Club book!

The llama in Llama Llama Red Pajama  has some amazing facial expressions as he worries about what his mom could still be doing.  Through it all, he has a blanket that moves around him and his room as he makes lots of "llama drama!"

This counting game plays off of the idea of a blanket, which preschoolers and toddlers love...even without the book!

In addition to counting, this game also requires your kiddos to keep track of things they've seen and counted and reinforces the concept of items existing when you can't see them.  It also brings in the fun of games like hide-n-seek and hidden treasures!

To play, you will need to gather these

Simple Supplies:

* 4-10 blankets: I simply cut a piece of cloth into "blankets" that were about 4" x 6."  Using fabric provides a fun texture, but if you don't have any you can use paper.

* 10-50 small objects: We used pennies because our kids love touching money!  You can use any small math manipulative or toy to count.

Easy How To:

1- Set up your game by placing varying amounts of pennies under each blanket.  For our youngest preschoolers, I put five pennies under one blanket, four under another, three under another, and 1 under the last.  Four our 5-year olds, I would use six blankets and put about twice as many pennies under each one.

2- Introduce the game to your kiddos by telling them that there are hidden numbers of pennies under the blankets, and they need to find the pile of four pennies (or any other pile of your choice)!  Let them lift up the blanket of their choice, and help them count if necessary:

3- Let them figure out which blanket is hiding the right number of pennies!

4- If they still have the attention for the game, repeat it!  Or let your child set it up for you or other children!  When they're done counting, let them play with the manipulatives and the blankets!

This month's Virtual Book Club's book is Llama Llama Red Pajama!

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We love the Virtual Book Club!!

Visit the Virtual Book Club's Facebook page here and click here to learn more about the book club and its schedule!  AND, be sure to stop by these other blogs for more fantastic Llama Llama Red Pajama ideas, activities, crafts, and more:

Llama Llama Red Pajama Movement Game from Still Playing School

Red Pajama Lacing Activity from 3 Dinosaurs

Llama Llama Red Pajama Quilt Color Matching from I Can Teach My Child!

Patterns and Symmetry from Mama Miss

I may share at any of these parties!

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