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Parks are the best place to be active, explore, and even learn! On our last visit, we found seeds and leaves scattered all throughout the playground. Using a large stick, I wrote the numbers 1 through 5 in Arabic into the sand. Layaan and I collected the leaves and placed the correct amount under each number together. She had so much fun with it, I figured we could continue the game at home using the seeds. This is a great fall and winter activity!
Counting with Seeds
For this activity, I recommend you take a nature walk through the park with your kids, and tell them you are on the hunt for seeds or nuts on the ground. If not, you can use pumpkin seeds or seeds from the fruits they eat, washed and dried. Gather your materials together to help build your child’s interest in the activity.
What You Need:
- 15 Seeds (Counting up to 5)
- 55 Seeds (Counting up to 10)
- Container or small basket for seeds
- Turn your paper horizontally and write out the numbers 1 through 5 in Arabic or English across the top. Use a ruler to draw out columns for each number.
- Place the seeds in a small jar or basket.
- Model the activity.
- Say the number, count the appropriate amount of seeds aloud, and place them in the correct column.
- Do this for each number.
- Do it again but with the child this time.
- Have your child try it independently on the third try without assistance.
I liked using the seeds rather than plastic counters because it was something from our natural environment that Layaan had a connection with. This was also an easy activity to prepare for someone who is constantly on the move. I do not need to worry about lugging around counting materials in our suitcases. And when she is done with the activity, I can just throw the seeds away.
Since we did this activity, I have been trying to give her plenty of practice counting within our everyday activities. Connections between what we teach them and their daily lives will help make them more observant and understanding of why these tools are important in a practical sense. For many kids, what they learn in school seems boring and insignificant because they do not see that link.
Try counting the crayons when you take them in and out of the box, or have your child help you count fruits and vegetables as you shop at the grocery store. There are many windows of opportunities to practice these concepts in our daily routines, we just need to keep an eye out for them!
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Special Bonus – Free Printable: I created this simple counting mat for the numbers 1-5 in Arabic and in English for you to use with this activity. Just print and laminate! Download the PDF file here – counting-mats-1-5-arabicenglish.