I've been teaching my son his numbers 1-10. The counting part he understands and does well, however he is still working on number recognition. So, as part of our little math lesson yesterday, I created a numbered treasure hunt to add some fun to the process. He really enjoyed learning the numbers this way, and he is already keen to do the same activity again today.
Adding math to a treasure hunt is such a simple way to make learning fun and get moving around at the same time (especially for my active 2 year old). Below I've shown how we did the treasure hunt activity to target the numbers 1-10. This can easily be differentiated to suit other levels of learning. It can be done at home or adapted for the classroom (I've put a few notes as to how I would change this if implementing in the classroom).
- Chocolate gold coins
- Cut up pieces of paper
- a marker
- sticky tape
- a bucket for collection
- Differentiate by putting larger numbers.
- If doing with a class you may want to double/triple the amount of coins and do two/three sets of the same numbers, or do a larger range of numbers to find.
If doing with a class you could freeze stop every now and again to see who has found what.
If doing this activity with a class, I would get students to work together in small groups to put the numbers they found in order (from least to greatest) , and then come together as a class to put the missing parts from each group in order to complete the sequence. Another option is to do the order line as a class and invite students to stick their coin on the board when it comes up in the sequence.
At the end he enjoyed eating a chocolate coin from his bucket. We had to race the rest to the fridge to save them from melting too much!