Building children’s number fluency is important in the early years and our Two Numbers games can help! When playing Two Numbers games, children are recognizing written numerals, arranging numbers in the correct order, and practicing early addition skills.
To play, lay out a set of numeral cards and have children roll 1-2 dot cubes. Ask children to identify the numbers they rolled. Then, children choose to turn over either the numeral cards that match the numbers rolled or the numeral card that matches the sum of the numbers rolled. The goal of the game is to turn over all of the numeral cards!
As children identify written numerals and practice their addition skills, they are also building their mental number line. Being able to “call on” a mental number line helps children compare numbers and understand more complex operations like subtraction.
You can download your own set of fun Two Numbers games using the links below!
WHAT’S THE MATH?
DIRECTIONS FOR GAMES AT SCHOOL
DIRECTIONS FOR GAMES AT HOME
Click on the links below to view, download, and print the directions for individual games!
WATCH A TWO NUMBERS VIDEO
GAME MATERIALS AND TWO NUMBERS PRINTABLES
ARTICLE ABOUT TWO NUMBERS GAMES
Play Games, Learn Math! Two Numbers: Games with Cards and Dice by Kristen E. Reed and Jessica Mercer Young in Teaching Young Children (February/March 2018, Vol. 11, No. 3)
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: PRESCHOOL MATH LOOK FOR’S
SUGGESTED BOOKS TO READ
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
In this book, a snake is gathering up mice and counting them (1 to 10) as he puts them into a jar to be eaten later. When the snake leaves to get one more big mouse, the 10 mice tip over the jar and escape! Then, they “uncount” themselves: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. This adorable story is great for practicing counting forwards and backwards. For an additional activity, extend the learning in this book by making 10 mice of your own. Then, have children act out the counting in the book by placing the mice in a clear container. Let them escape and count them backwards!
How Many Snails: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti, Jr., illustrated by Donald Crews
Walking to the meadow, lake, library, park, bakery, toy store, and other stops, the author wonders, “how many?” about a variety of objects organized in different ways. “How many snails were there? How many snails had striped shells? How many snails had striped shells and stuck their heads out?” This is a fun counting book to use as a read aloud and for children to browse on their own. It specifically targets the math skill of cardinality — knowing how many in all in a group. Cardinality is associated with stronger math achievement later in school, so be sure to practice it in preschool!