Gather the materials below before starting the unit. Try out the activities yourself!
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- Café Lotto Match
- Dot Plates
- Jungle Gym Board Game
- Picture Plates
- Picture Plates Plus One
- Pounce! with Pictures
- Skateboard Bingo
- Speedy Dice
- Treasure Bubble Match
- Five Little Ducks, by Raffi
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, by Eileen Christelow
- Let's Count, by Tana Hoban
- Mouse Count, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
- Ones and Twos, by Martha Jocelyn and Neil Jocelyn
- What Comes in 2's, 3's, & 4's?, by Suzanna Aker
- Cardstock or plain paper
- Sidewalk chalk
- 5 paper or plastic cups
- Several white, three- to four-inch-square, fold-up gift boxes, enough for each small group to have one. Purchase at party stores or order online.
- 14, 18, or 24 three-quarter-inch round labels (dots), same or different colors
- 9 game markers (small blocks, paper circles or squares, or any small items you have enough of on hand) for each player
- 30 to 50 "cookies" (large bottle caps, checkers, or other "cookie-like" objects)
- A bowl that can hold the 30-50 "cookies"
- Set of dominoes (more sets if you want to extend play or if you remove the dominoes with five and six dots)
- Snack foods. Good combinations include: crackers, rice cakes, apple slices, or celery sticks; a spread such as hummus, spreadable cheese, or yogurt; and raisins, dried cherries, or cereal to create the "bugs."
- Paper plates or bowls to serve and eat the snack foods
- Optional: timer
- Optional, to make Dot Plates: 9 white paper plates and 29 dark-colored 3/4-inch round labels (dots)
- Optional, to make Picture Plates: 9 white paper plates and 13 and 16, respectively, of two types of stickers (3/4-inch or larger in size, richly colored, in simple shapes such as, apples, oranges, cherries, or non-food items, such as balloons, stars, and diamonds.)
- Optional, to make Picture Plates Plus One: 9 white paper plates and 6, 10, and 13, respectively, of three types of stickers (3/4-inch or larger in size, richly colored, in simple shapes such as stars, diamonds, balloons, etc.)