Both Ladybug (3 years) and Owl (2 years) are good at counting to ten from memory. The ability to select a specific number of items (four stars or five stars); however, is still in development. This simple activity using plastic glow in the dark stars gave both kids practice with determining “how many” items they had and how many more or less items they needed to reach a certain number.
What You’ll Need
- 10 plastic glow in the dark stars (highly rated affiliate link), but ours were provided by Mother Goose Time.
- Number cards with space for each star
- Bright light to help the stars glow
- Dark room
How to Play
- Count out ten stars and then sort them by size. (Ours had large, medium, and small.)
- Shine a flashlight or other bright light on the stars to help them glow.
- Hide the stars throughout a room that can be made very dark.
- Turn out the light.
- Find and collect all the stars.
- Place stars on the shape/number cards to make sure that all the stars were found.
Ladybug and Owl loved this activity. Both enjoyed manipulating and counting the stars. They also sorted them by size. They loved using the flashlight to “charge” the stars with light and did a great job with hiding the stars around the room.
The search for the stars was met with great enthusiasm as are most of our search in the dark activities. The kids were fascinated by the glowing stars. Calls of “look over here” and “I found one” gave my husband and I great pleasure as we watched the toddlers running around to find all the stars they had hidden.
Parents with children who routinely misplace things, like mine do. will likely also love the practical application of the skills exercised with this activity. The kids practice remembering where they hid the stars and count the stars to make sure all of them have been found. Hopefully, the kids can use this skill set the next time they misplace their shoes and/or pieces to a puzzle.
The shape/number cards are great at assisting the kids in knowing when they have found the correct number of stars. Learning and teaching are so much easier when the activity is fun! This idea was inspired by Mother Goose Time, a hands-on, play-based preschool curriculum.
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