Learn number 5 with games, songs, videos, printable worksheets and other preschool number activities.
Learning numbers and how to count should be an enjoyable experience for you and your child, a shared time together. So make sure that your child is switched on and not tired before starting the activities on this page. Keep the time spent appropriate to the age of your child and their level of concentration. Praise and encourage your child, to boost their confidence. Celebrate their success.
How to help your child with the game:
The game consists of 8 pages and is based on "animals in the polar region" theme featuring animals from both the South and North Pole. On each page, talk about the activities and make sure that your child understands what they are to do. Talk about the characters, ask your child to name and count the polar animals in the pictures. Talk about the shape of the number. Is this number significant to you? Talk about other fives: fingers, toes, for example. This will give your child a context for the activities. Stop before your child loses concentration or becomes restless. Remember this is not just educational, make it fun and they will come back for more!
Encourage your child to color in the illustrations. This builds up concentration, improves eye and hand coordination, and develops pencil control. Make sure there is a range of colored pencils or felt-tip pens available. Crayons are usually too thick for such activities. For drawing and writing, your child needs a sharp and soft pencil. If it is too hard, they will have difficulty seeing their work, which will lead to frustration.
When children are
writing numbers and letters, they should always start from
the top. When the child is writing the number 5, talk about the
movements of the pencil - start at the top and come down, then around (draw a big fat tummy!) and then put a hat on going from left to right. Encourage
your child to write in a continuous movement. Repeat these when the
child is writing on their own with dots or without dots.
When counting, encourage your child to put their finger on each object as they count it.
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