# How Many are Hiding? Games

“How many do we have? Now close your eyes and I will hide some. Open your eyes! How many are hiding?”

You can play How Many are Hiding? in many different ways! Use an assortment of items (fingers, pennies, stuffed animals, toys, or even people) and hide them with your hand, a cup, or, for large things, a blanket or piece of furniture. When counting ‘how many,’ children are practicing reciting number words in the correct order, using one-to-one correspondence, cardinality (knowing how many in all), and subitizing (immediately recognizing a small quantity). Then, in order to know many items are hiding, children must remember how many there were, determine how many there are now, and figure out how many were taken away. As children gain more experience with these games, increase the number of objects used. Children also enjoy doing the hiding — in this case, they must work to make sure their partner correctly finds out how many are hiding!

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DIRECTIONS FOR HOW MANY ARE HIDING? GAMES AT SCHOOL

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How to play How Many are Hiding?

DIRECTIONS FOR HOW MANY ARE HIDING? GAMES AT HOME

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