Number Recognition and Counting with Ladybirds

Number Recognition and Counting with Ladybirds

Some of the children in my class  struggle with number recognition & counting on a one-to-one basis, so we provide lots of activities to support this.

I saw this following idea on a blog somewhere, but I can’t remember where I saw it, so if anyone knows please tell me & I will, of course, credit it.

I bought some unfinished ladybirds & painted them with spots for counting. The spots are all painted to demonstrate number bonds within 10 & I have written the total on the back of each one…

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

I then painted some craft numbers red & black. They were from Hobbycraft only £2 for 2 sets of the numerals 0-9. Bargain! Really easy to paint too…

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

How we use them…

The children count the spots & place the correct numeral next to them. Those who aren’t sure what the numeral looks like yet, can look on the back of the ladybird for the answer.

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

I have a few very able children in my class, & we have had a go at using them to record a number sentence – they need a lot of support, but enjoy it all the same. The plus & equals signs are just on the back of milk bottle tops.

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

I also saw the idea for creating ladybirds with glass nuggets & a permanent marker, on Trillium Montessori here, so I made some of my own. I found that the permanent marker wasn’t so permanent with lots of little fingers playing with them, so I put a little varnish over the top.

Glass Nugget Ladybirds from Rachel (",)

They are great for counting, as manipulatives on the light box, loose parts or small world play 🙂

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

Of course, the children also want to explore them in other ways too..

Ladybird Maths from Rachel (",)

This provocation to explore number with ladybirds, was in my classroom last year…

Using ladybird in maths from Rachel (",)

Great for fine-motor skills too, as the children tend to pick up the ladybirds with a pincer grip.

Thinking I may need to create some ladybird letters like these from Here Comes the Girls next 😉

Thank you for reading!

Rachel (“,)

 

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks for linking this activity to Tuesday Tots. Just letting you know that I am featuring it this week 🙂

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    • Oh wow! Thanks Debs, I’m honoured! (“,)

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  2. Hi Rachel , love your ideas !!!!!!
    I have been looking for counting ladybirds everywhere, can you tell me where you got them from ?

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    • Thanks, Kay, I bought them from eBay (“,)

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  3. Hi Rachel

    Love your ideas and fab pics.

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