Message in a Backpack™ Family Math Game: Subitizing
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Subitizing is the ability to “see” and recognize a small number of objects and know instantly how many there are without counting. Subitizing tells you what number you roll on a six-sided die—most adults no longer have to count the dots after playing board games for a while. It’s an important foundational skill for children’s development of number sense. Try this activity with your child to expose them to subitizing!
- A five frame (helps children show quantities 1 through 5)
- Counters (shells, coins, etc.)
Five Frame Subitizing
- Start the game by showing your child the quantities 1 through 5 in the five frame. Put one counter in the first box and say “one.” Now, it’s your child’s turn to show one. Next, put a counter in each of the first two boxes and say “two.” Take turns to five.
- Play the game again, with your child going first.
Don’t worry if your child doesn’t catch on to subitizing right away. The important thing is to have fun and enjoy math together.
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Deanna Pecaski McLennan, PhD, teaches in the full-day public preschool program in Ontario, Canada. Engaging children in meaningful math activities, like coding and spatial reasoning, that prepare them for life in a digital world is a major focus in her inquiry-based classroom. To learn more, visit www.mrsmclennan.blogspot.ca or follow Deanna on Twitter @McLennan1977.