Numbers are an important part of a young learners (ESL, EFL) lesson. Using songs like the Dream English Let’s Count 1 to 10 is a great way to introduce numbers. Check that song out here. After singing the song, try this fun game:
The “Number Hunt” game. Ages 3-6. Here’s how you can play it:
- Prepare number cards: Create or print out large, colorful cards with numbers from 1 to 10. Each card should have a corresponding number of objects or dots to represent the numeral. You can also use flashcards.
- Hide the number cards: Hide the number cards around the classroom or a designated play area.
- Explain the game: Gather the children and explain that they are going on a number hunt to find the hidden numbers.
- Start the hunt: Encourage the children to search for the number cards one by one. When they find a card, they should bring it back to you or a designated area.
- Number recognition: Once a child finds a number card, ask them to identify the number and count the objects or dots on the card. You can reinforce their understanding by asking questions like, “What number did you find?” or “How many objects are on the card?”
- Repeat and rotate: Repeat the game, hiding the cards in different locations, and let each child have multiple turns finding the numbers.
Matt’s Tip: To avoid competition, tell each student they can only get one card.
This game not only helps young learners practice number recognition and counting skills but also adds an element of excitement and physical activity to the learning process. Be sure that you are hiding the numbers in a safe area for children.
Have a look at the popular Let’s Count 1 to 10 Video here. Happy Teaching!