Last month I posted free spinner games for counting to 100 – the criteria being that the available learning time was 3 minutes or less! They have been popular so I thought I’d create another ‘3 minute’ activity, this time using Cootie Catchers (or Fortune Tellers) for learning numbers. You can download them for free at the end of this post.
I have included:
- tally marks
- ten frames
- groups of objects
It’s helpful for children to be familiar with different ways of representing numbers. Not only because it’s a necessary skill for math competence but because seeing numbers represented in a variety of ways gives more opportunity for children to understand the meaning behind them.
How to Play
1. Print and fold the Cootie Catchers – full instructions are in the download. Kids can certainly make these, they’re great for working those fine motor skills but they will need some supervision and/or assistance.
2. One child holds the Cootie Catcher and pairs with a friend.
3. The friend chooses a number and they count out that number while the Cootie Catcher is moved up and out.
5. Looking at the ten frames (or tally marks) the friend chooses a last number. This time the flap under that number is opened to reveal a number of symbols. They need to count them and say how many there are. Then they can swap so they’ve both had a turn using the Cootie Catcher.
There are 3 Cootie Catchers in this set covering numbers 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12. The symbols for the higher numbers are purposely grouped in ways to encourage children to practice subitizing, that is, knowing how many just by looking rather than by counting each object.
I do hope you enjoy using these. You can download your free Cootie Catchers here.
What other concepts would you like covered in this ‘only have a minute’ series? Let me know and I’ll see what I can create!