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Shape Hunt

Shape Hunt

In Shape Hunt, two children are trying to find different shapes—circle, square, triangles—but keep seeing other shapes like hexagons, rectangles, and rhombuses. This book focuses on the attributes of shapes that make them different such as the number of sides, the number of corners, whether the sides are curved or…

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Jump to 10

Jump to 10

Jump to 10 describes a game that you can make with chalk on the sidewalk or with tape on the floor. Games like this are fun and great for practicing numbers, counting, and early addition and subtraction. While playing you can ask questions like, “How many more do you need…

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Where Is Bear?

Where is bear?

Where is bear? uses words that help children build their understanding of spatial relationships. Its important for children to learn and use words like “behind, in front of, next to, on top of, under, and in”. You can play a game like “where is bear?” by hiding something in your house….

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Frog Jump

Frog Jump explains how to play the game Jumping on the Lily Pads. Board games help children practice important number concepts like counting (or just knowing) how many dots on the die, counting one space at a time, and visualizing the number line. Frog Jump minibook

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Roll Two

Roll Two

Roll Two explains the two-dice version of the Two Numbers game. Children roll two dice and can either turn over the cards that match the numbers they rolled or add the two numbers together and turn over the card that matches the sum. You can print out the cards and start playing…

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Roll One

Roll One

Roll One explains a beginning version of the Two Numbers game. You can print out the cards and start playing this game at home with a 6-sided die. In this version of the game, you turn over the card that matches the number you roll. Children are practicing subitizing (knowing how many…

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One More, One Less

The book One More, One Less plays with children’s love of their special number—their age. Each page either shows one more, one less, or the correct number of fingers for the child’s age. They are written for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Practicing one more and one less helps children move back and forth in the counting sequence and helps them develop a visual picture of number.

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How Many Are Hiding?

How Many Are Hiding?

How Many Are Hiding? explains a fun game you can play anytime with any objects, fingers, or people you have available. This game also helps children construct a deeper understanding of number. They practice counting how many in the whole group, then they hide a portion (or sometimes all or…

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Patterns

Patterns

A pattern repeats in a certain way like circle, square, circle, square, circle, square. Once you recognize a pattern, you can predict what comes next or find what is missing. The mini-book Patterns has repeating shape patterns, sound patterns, and even astronomic patterns like day, night, day, night. Have fun…

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How Old Are You?

How Old Are You? 3

Children love talking about their age, it’s their special number. The How Old Are You? books are specific to 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Each page shows a different way to make that number with your fingers. For example, you can make 5 on two hands with 1 finger plus 4 fingers, 2 fingers plus 3 fingers, or 5 fingers plus no fingers. This fun game helps children visualize numbers and understand that larger numbers can be broken into groups of smaller numbers.

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I Spy: Shapes

I Spy: Shapes

“I spy” is a great game to play at home, at the park, at the doctor’s o­ffice, or anywhere. It helps children build their vocabulary and be good observers. The spy silently chooses something that all the players can see. The other players then ask “yes” or “no” questions about…

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Looking for Shapes

Looking for Shapes

Looking for shapes and talking about shape names helps children to see that the world is made up of shapes, and helps them get ready for kindergarten. Help your child fi­nd the shapes that are all around them—at home, at the playground, in buildings, in cars, or in books. Encourage…

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Can You Find?

Can You Find?

The Can You Find? mini-book complements the Dot Card games. In this book, children practice counting or subitizing (knowing how many immediately) the dots on the cards to find the one they are looking for. The dots are arranged in different configurations to give children practice seeing quantities in different…

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