Activities at Home

Number Walk

Take a “number walk” through your home to help your child identify numbers of familiar things.

What You Need:

  • 6 sheets of paper
  • Pencil or marker
  • Tape

What You and Your Child Will Do:

  1. Have your child look on as you write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 0, one to a sheet of paper.
  2. Tell your child to look around and name one thing in this room.
  3. Acknowledge that there is one of whatever the child names, and then direct your child to put the paper marked “1” on that thing (or tape the paper to it).
  4. Either in this room or in the next, ask the child to name two things that are alike; for example, “two beds,” “two windows,” or “two shoes.”
  5. Again, acknowledge the child's response and have your child tag these things with the paper marked “2.”
  6. Continue through the rooms, having your child identify three, four, and five things that are alike, and place a sheet of paper for each.
  7. Hold up the paper marked “0” and ask, “What do you see none of in this room?”
  8. Finally, retrace your path, collecting the papers as you ask questions like, “What did you see two of?” or “What did you see five of?”