All About Me Activity Cards in Action

I have used All About Me Family Counters for a few years. They are the go to, grab and go activity as all three of my children now play with them, in different ways.

All About Me Family Counters

Here you can see how we have played with them in the past: Fun with Family Counters.Fun with Family Counters

I did have a male ECE correct my stereotyping as I displayed them with the baby on the Mama’s hip and have successfully balanced the baby on the Papa’s hip also!

These counters are the perfect size for dramatic play/restaurant waiting/older sibling activity waiting, and of course for their original design: math concept teaching!

Here you can see the All About Me Family Counters in use with the NEW All About Me Activity Cards in my classroom.

All About Me Activity Cards in Action

The students are watching a demonstration of how to continue a sequence, such as the purple, blue, purple, blue, you can see in the bottom left of the photo. They are also reinforcing characteristic description such as “smaller”, “boy”, colours and patterning.

All About Me Action Cards

Here we have the wonderful sequence and a person riding a cat… why not?

All About Me Activity Cards

Adding: person and cat style! Our next step is to use the formal written number which some of these students are still learning (we were reinforcing the subtraction with finger counting here!).

All about me activity cards

Adding in action!

The structure of these cards allows for group work and discussion as we did here but also for independent and gradual skill building. They are an awesome addition to the math resource collection.

All About Me Activity Cards

Here is the low down on the All About Me Activity Cards:

Help children learn essential early math skills while learning about themselves and the world around them with 20 double-sided, write & wipe Activity Cards. Illustrations on these full-colour Activity Cards match the actual size of the All About Me Family Counters (202090) and are perfect for developing patterning, early addition and subtraction, and sorting skills. Includes over 40 activities and a guide. PreK+. Ages 5+.



Fun with Family Counters

These All About Me Family Counters are one of the favourite things to play with at the moment.

Fun with Family Counters

I am not sure if it is the colour, the quality or the sheer amount of people that has the appeal but something works!

Fun with Family Counters

Daisy enjoyed organising them into parties. Here is a circle of friends.

She made patterns and asked Rose, “What comes next?”.

These counters are designed for making your family, patterning, sorting and counting but in our house everything is used for dramatic play.

Fun with Family Counters

With a little balancing, baby can sit on mama or papa’s hip.

Fun with Family Counters

Yet another of the girls parties. Rose likes to grab a few people, have conversations and move them about the house.

Yes they do end up everywhere.

Fun with Family Counters

They will be venturing outside to play in the garden soon. We will keep you posted as to what they get up to.

Counting with transparent chips

I loved using invitations to play with my children. Sometimes these invitations are independent and others I join in on.

In this case, joining Rose allows me to spend a few minutes one on one between chores. I focus totally on her and ignore the chaos for a quick break.

We used:

I set up the option of paper and crayons also.

Rose started by counting the chips and placed them carefully on the number.

I didn’t direct, just allowed her to lead adding information such as “yes, that is a number 2” or “yellow”. She is learning colours and doesn’t always get the colour correct. If she names an incorrect colour I will correct with “it is blue” but we certainly don’t stress about the necessity of knowing all the colours yet.

She liked the added challenge of trying to pick up the chips with a mitt on. It was entertaining.

Counting out five. This is a number she tends to avoid. Not sure why. Her counting usually goes like this; “one, two, three, four, six, seven..”

This was an extension lead by Rose. She placed the counter on the paper and said, “Please colour mama” so I obliged. Hey, who doesn’t like to colour. We named the colour together as we drew.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Identify and name colours
  • Count to ten
  • Sort by colour
  • Match colours

Sorting and Identifying Coins

Following on from our Money Awareness post, we decided to look at actual money a little closer.

I dumped out the contents of my change purse on a tray and let Daisy look at it.

What coins have you got here?

She immediately began sorting them. The quarters and nickles are quite similar in size and it took her a few seconds to learn how to tell them apart.

We looked at what was on the coins, the queens face on one side and then a different image for each coin. Others she compared by size and matched similar sized coins.

When they were all lined up, Daisy counted them. She found the appropriate stamp, stamped an image and wrote the number of coins she had counted.

This gave me a great opportunity to see which numbers she was happy writing and which needed revision.

We spent quite a lot of time making the number big, in the air to practice number formation. The number eight was particularly challenging. We did do lots of work on the letter/sound ‘s’ quite a while ago but the lack of consistency since has resulted in Daisy writing ‘s’ back to front. Forming the number eight requires her to make an ‘s’ first before joining it into an ‘8’. Great practice for writing letters too!

Five was also a challenge for her. Again we formed the number in the air a few times and then wrote it.

Look carefully and you can notice a mistake in my adding…..

I forgot to count the toonies!

This is what we used:

Learning Opportunities:

  • Counting to 20
  • Forming numbers correctly
  • Sorting: Identifying common characteristics; size, colour, design
  • Describing common characteristics

Literacy Links – Preparation for Kindergarten

Daisy is very fortunate to be entering a school division that runs a Literacy Links programme to support children entering Kindergarten and Grade One. We had a wonderful facilitator visit our home once to work with Daisy for an hour. She is coming back to do another three sessions during the next month. Daisy counted the sleeps waiting for her to arrive and is now eagerly awaiting the next session.

Here is the low down on what Literacy Links is:

Literacy Links supports parents with pre-school children in understanding how to develop a positive literacy environment in the home setting and make the important links between home and school.

Literacy Links is a program in the St. James Assiniboia School Division that is offered May to August and is free of charge to all families of children entering kindergarten in the fall. Trained facilitators will work with families to demonstrate and to assist them in providing developmentally appropriate and enriching learning experiences.

The focus of the program will include:

  • Book selection and parent-child interaction during reading
  • Environmental print (i.e. signs, labels, logos, etc.)
  • Rhymes, songs and word games to develop phonological awareness
  • Appropriate writing opportunities
  • Learning letter names and sounds
  • Math concepts (i.e. patterning, counting, number recognition)
  • Suggestions for a positive transition to Kindergarten
Families will be provided with a home package of materials that include literacy information and guides, books, activities and games.
Daisy is enjoying playing with the resources we received in our literacy links pack.
Here is a list of suggested resources if you would like to make a similar pack to give to a child or class of children getting ready for Kindergarten. Click on the image for more information.
Play dough– a wonderful way to build fine motor skills. Relating the play to counting and letters adds to skill learning.
Chubby Stump Crayons– colouring and writing are always to be encouraged. These crayons are short and encourage little hands to use the correct grip for writing. Providing blank books or simply paper, and allowing time to respond to picture book or activities during the day, is a great opportunity to sneak in some letter and work learning.
Phonetically Coloured Letters Magnets– go a little further than the regular coloured magnets in helping children identify vowels. Here you can see how clearly the C.V.C. relationship is demonstrated using red and blue letter magnets.
The Super Sorting pie covered a variety of early math skills including counting, sorting, identifying and making patterns and reasoning. The tweezers that come with the pie encourage fine motor development and are quite simply fun to use.
Books that you love! If you love reading them, whoever you are reading them too will share your enthusiasm.
Easy readers– choose fun books students can learn to read easily and therefore enjoy their success. This series was a huge hit with us.
So even if you don’t have a wonderful resource like Literacy Links, you can put together your own kit to help prepare your students or child for Kindergarten.

Using a Calendar with Preschoolers

Using a calender at home was something I debated with. Time passing is such as abstract concept for preschoolers. Daisy tends to think of days as either an at home day or a day care day.

We use an Animal Friends Yearly Calendar and refer to it at least weekly.

I did put all the numbers in once and then decided just to do weekends and special occasions. At the beginning of the month we look at our event calender and see when we have important days in the coming month. These may be birthdays, mother’s day, holidays or special days at daycare.

l help Daisy to add the dates for Saturdays and Sundays and then we pick out triangles for special days. The emphasis is on number recognition and celebrating special days rather than remembering what date it is.

Inserting the numbers and triangles requires fine motor skills.

The days are changed when we remember. I struggled with this and asked Daisy to do it everyday for a while. The task then became a chore rather than fun. Now we do it when we remember and the emphasis is on what day today is, what day came before and what day will be next. The discussion is about what is happening today or the next day. This tends to be used when there is something exciting coming up.

Looking outside at the weather is always exciting and helps us to plan activities for the day.

The season helps us remember to change our book collection.

I am a book lover and have a rather huge collection of children’s books. They are now neatly organized in seasonal bankers boxes and rotated through the year. A new season means exciting new books to explore.

Here are some links for Calendar ideas:

Calendar Time for Young Children

Activities for Preschool Calendars

Morning Greeting and Calendar and Weather Time in Preschool

Time, clocks and calendar related activities

Daily Calendar Math

Days of Celebration

Do you have a formal Calender time?

Super Sorting Pie Fun

We have done quite a bit of sorting  but this pie was just too cute not to try. I was hoping it would extend her sorting capabilities and it did!

She loved the tweezers. I set up the pie shell with an activity card in the bottom and Daisy played and sorted the fruit into the correct sections. She started off using the tweezers with a fist grip and changed to the pincer grip without any interference from me..yeah!

This Super Sorting Pie comes with 3 double sided activity cards, 60 fruit counters, 2 Jumbo tweezers and an activity guide. Honestly, I ignored the guide until I sat down to write this post because it was so self explanatory.

Daisy loves playing with this pie while in her kitchen. We keep it out of Rose’s reach just because she is at that wonderful dumping stage. When she sees it out… it ends up on the floor. It has become one of those go to activities when Daisy wants some time by herself.

Here she is counting and organizing, the numbers 5-10 are on the other side of this activity card. The other activity cards include, sorting by colour and fruit and sorting by fruit. Daisy sorts by one type and them reorganizes and starts again using another system. The abundance of fruit allows her to sort out of the pie at the same time. You can see here she does not always choose to use the tweezers.

The activity guide suggests many different activities including:

  • Match Me- match a selected fruit and line up the pairs
  • Fruit Picking Fun- say the name of a fruit and colour, asking the children to pick out the fruit using tweezers
  • Fruit Patterns- make a pattern and ask the children to repeat it
  • What Comes Next?- make a pattern, say it out loud and ask the children to say “what comes next?”
  • One of these Things is Not Like the Others- pick three fruits that are alike and one that is different and ask the children to find the one that is different and explain why.
  • Count Your Colours- Say a number and a colour and ask the children to pick those fruits out of the pie and count them .

If you would like a great sorting game I would recommend this Super Sorting Pie. It is versatile and great value!

Any one for fruit pie?