We have donuts on the brain! After setting up our donut themed dramatic play area we are still all about donuts are our house. I decided to stick with the donut theme and create some math and literacy activities for K, my 4 year old. I wanted to focus on sequencing letters and numbers, counting, introduction to addition, patterning and beginning sounds. She was so excited to "play" and it led to some good review and some new learning as well.This post may contain affiliate links for your shopping convenience. View our full disclosure policy HERE.
Getting your activities ready
I suggest printing most of the pages in this unit on cardstock and then laminating for durability. You will be able to use these activities again and again. For the letter and number sequencing cards, I folded them in half and then laminated so that they would be two sided and save me some time (and money) when laminating them. Everything else just needs to be printed, laminated and cut apart.
Suggested Supplies for Entire Unit:
Dry Erase Markers
Plastic Storage Container (I love these for storing each unit in and you can write with dry erase markers on the label for easy labeling and storage.)
Alphabet SequencingKiss Your Brain CD and use the alphabet songs to help her sequence the letters. Too cute!
Once we had all the letters set up, I gave her a sequencing card that had a missing letter. I showed her how to use the cards we had lined up to find out what letter was missing. Then we took that letter card and put it on the box.
Counting Write & Wipe Cards
Introduction to Addition
fall patterns last year, K has noticed patterns in the world around us. Sometimes she visually sees them. Sometimes she wants to do activities in a pattern like I feed her a spoonful, she feeds herself a spoonful and so on. She loves incorporating patterns and I fully support it. Normally, we just focus on AB patterns because that seems to be the easiest for her to understand and find examples of. We worked on some AB patterning and finishing the pattern that was given.
Then, we moved on to some ABC patterns. This made her stop and think a little bit more. We looked at the part of the pattern that we were given and repeated it a few times - chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla. Once she figured out that each line wasn't a different pattern (like it had been in our AB patterning activities) and that it was one long line of pattern, she caught on and completed the pattern with no problems. The tricky part was that we had a few different types of chocolate donut cards so she had to pay attention to which one she was grabbing.
If you'd like to try out the math and literacy activities that we focused on, you can download them by clicking the button below. These would make great center or small group activities in a classroom or homeschool setting.