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 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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
They are great for counting, as manipulatives on the light box, loose parts or small world play 🙂
Of course, the children also want to explore them in other ways too..
This provocation to explore number with ladybirds, was in my classroom last year…
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!