It takes no time in prepping for this game. Just print, cut and laminate! First, we put the numbers from 1-12 in the correct order to help us play the game. Because messy numbers are not easy to learn with…you feel me? This is a great way to review one-to-one correspondence.
Next, we counted the pictures on each card. Then, we matched them to the correct number. As he counted and matched the cards, I pulled cards and asked questions. “Which one has more, the ghosts or the bats?” or “Are there fewer cats or pieces of candy?”
Counting the objects in each set is an important skill. But, I want them to compare the values, which is a future skill they will learn.
After we matched the cards to the correct number, he put the numbers in the correct order. We counted the sets to make sure the matches were correct. And counted the cards to make sure the order was on point.
Finally, I told him some Halloween stories that he LOVED! The story included sneaky spiders on spooky trees, hats on broomsticks and hungry ghosts that wanted some candy.
All of the stories ended the same…with an addition problem that was solved and little man did fantastic!
After he solved each problem by using the pictures on the cards, I asked him to find the number that showed his answer (NOTE: all the sums were 12 or less).
We completed all the math pack fun in under 20 minutes. This is great for a small group intervention. And perfect for his math tub this week at independent learning time!
Grab this activity for FREE by clicking the MJCS download image at the bottom of this post and waiting to be redirected in your internet browser. My Halloween thematic pack includes more resources for a spooky week of learning. And feel free to ask me for ways to extend or modify the activities to meet the needs of your little learners!