One of the important skills in early math is understanding the number line, ability to find missing numbers and to arrange the numbers in order. I was thinking of some games to help Smarty practice those skills. Eventually I came up with 4 sets of 12 cards – a set of actual numbers, a set of number words, a set of numbers represented with one or two dice, and a set of numbers represented with tally marks. My husband applied himself and whipped up these cards very prettily in CorelDraw. I exported them into .wmf files, and you can download the sets here if you are interested. I don’t have any pictures of Smarty playing with her number cards, but here are a few things that we tried:
- Arranged numbers in order – Smarty found it very boring, she usually resists anything that smells of “testing”.
- Matching two sets – Smarty liked it much better and had no problems whatsoever reading the number words and matching them to numbers. She had no interest in tally marks – they really frustrate her.
- Played “war” – a bigger card wins a pair, then we counted by twos to see who won.
- “Put a set together” game – each player drew from a set of 24 cards (we played this one with sets of 1-6) and needs to assemble a full set of six cards. If one pulls another representation of the number that he/she already has, it goes back to the reshuffle pile. We tried to play it with 1-12, but then the game gets too long for Smarty's attention span.