Children working at low level in number will benefit from regular opportunities to count and sort. This set of simple games offers teachers some material to help with this. The level of difficulty and range of objectives can be adjusted to fit the stage of learning the pupils are at [bigger cards, colour, numbers up to 5, etc].
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The games use practical ideas which promote language. Children can work in pairs work to develop social skills and move to independence. Material is tactile and visual so the children can see and touch. Use of vocabulary allows the children use and hear the words to help them.
What I did:
Initially these were paper or card that children cut out. Once we saw that they met our objectives, more durable laminated materials were made. They are constantly evolving [pictures instead of stars, different colours, etc] and now we have several versions of each game for different learning needs.
Consider pupils’ age when designing own materials. Younger children will count picture images [teddies, flowers, etc] which are less likely to please secondary age learners. Footballers, pop stars have ben successful here but tastes are varied so limited value. Neutral images [stars, diamond shapes, etc] are successful especially when used in different colours.