Last week I decided we would make a start on some simple sums and practice some our number bonds – creating some fun number bonds caterpillars in the process.
To create the number bond caterpillars I made some circles. I used one colour for even numbers, one for odd numbers and one for the + and = signs. We aren’t yet at the stage of odd and even numbers but it doesn’t hurt to introduce the concept to the children.
I gave Mr D the various circles and asked him to create two sums to make five. I demonstrated first with 1 + 4 = 5 and he created 2 + 3 = 5.
We then moved onto creating numbers bonds to ten. We laid out heads for the caterpillars and he set about creating the sums. It didn’t take him long to get the hang of it. He then added faces to his caterpillars and legs – a good opportunity to count in 2’s as he added two legs to each body section.
As Miss E was also taking part I set the activity up a little differently for her. She is able to easily recognise all the numbers so I asked her to put them in order from 1 – 10. She did this, then decided she’d do one counting down from 10-1.
This was a really simple exercise to set up, and there are lots of ways you can extend it too. Since doing this I’ve noticed a realy change in Mr D and his mathematical ability and I have noted some ideas below on how to extend this activity further:
- Set up simple sums asking the children to find the missing number and placing it in
- leave counters out for the caterpillars to eat – these could be leaves with dots on showing how many bites the caterpillar has taken. The child then adds these up
- Create number bonds to 20
- Introduce the idea of hundreds, tens and units but having three different colours for each eg: Hundreds red, tens blue, units green and ask the child to make up certain numbers
- Introduce times tables
This was a fun activity to do and one we will be sure to revisit again in the future.