We are officially moved into our new place! I can’t even begin to say how much I love having a house!! Some people really like living in apartments, but we were feeling so crowded and this feels so glorious! 🙂 There is room for the girls to play! (There will be even more room after I finally get everything unpacked and put away…..) It’s beyond wonderful to be close to family. I love that I can bring the girls to my parents’ and be back home in time for supper/bedtime stuff.
That was totally unrelated to this post, but I just had to get it out there. This is a counting/number recognition activity that I’ve been working on with Abby. These pictures are actually from early November when I first put it together. Hey, at least I am finally getting around to writing about it, right? *Ahem!* See previous paragraph… we did just move.
Coffee Cups and Crayons is where I found this adorable little idea. I had to design my ladybugs a little differently as I can never completely follow rules. Since I lived in the middle of a giant city at the time, I bought a bag of smooth rocks from Dollar Tree (for, you guessed it… a dollar) to make the ladybugs. It took a few coats of red acrylic paint to get them the right shade. For the spots I started out using black permanent marker which was a bad idea because it ruined my marker and they’re expensive. Boo. I would recommend dropping black paint on instead. I sprayed an acrylic sealer over them when they were done to keep the paint from chipping off. The leaves were simple – green card stock cut in the shape of a leaf. I wrote the bold numbers on with a big black marker and then laminated each leaf with contact paper.
When everything is ready, you have your child count the spots on a ladybug and place it on the corresponding leaf. Abby can successfully do numbers 1-3 on her own but will get there eventually. She easily recognizes numbers 1-10, so I usually help her count the spots on the rest of the ladybugs. Then she will quickly put each one on the right leaf.