The first is a game where two players share a set of six (1-6) or eleven (2-12) numbered colored sticks and a die or number cube (two if playing 2-12). I like to send home the over-sized foam ones from the Dollar Tree so I don't have to worry about a younger sibling putting a small object in his/her mouth. This picture only shows the number sticks since I can't get to the large dice in my classroom over the summer. I drew dots to support students who do not yet recognize the numbers (especially 6 and 9). Even putting the sticks in order before play is an opportunity to practice number order. Another option is to scatter the number sticks, so players have to look them all over when determining if the number is there to be picked up. Later in the year, my students will play the same game with tally marks instead of numbers and dots on the sticks.
Players take turns rolling either one or two dice, depending whether playing the 1-6 version or the 2-12 version. If the number the player rolls is available, the player picks up that stick. If the number the player rolls has already been picked up, the player's turn is over. Play continues until all the sticks have been picked up. The winner is the player with the most sticks. Of course, it is possible to tie (3-3).
The next game is a matching game. I cut "cookies" out of a sheet of tan foam. I added the chocolate chips with a brown Sharpie. There must be two (or another even number) of cookies with the same number of chocolate chips on them. The chips can be spread around in different arrangements to help the children learn that the same number of dots can be shown in different configurations. As with all matching games, all the cookies are turned face down. Players take turns turning over two cookies. If the two cookies have the same number of chips, the player keeps them. If not, the cookies are turned back over and the next player tries. Of course this game can be accessorized with a spatula, cookie sheet, cookie tin, plastic cookie jar, etc.
On a completely different subject...
Catherine, A wonderful kindergarten teacher friend shared this link with me: http://kindergarten.colgatebsbf.com/.
I used it to sign up for free toothbrushes and toothpaste and dental education materials for my class. The offer is open to grades K-1. I am a little hesitant to post the information, since some teachers on Facebook reported that they signed up last year and never received anything. However, since it is completely free, and all you need to provide is an email address and your school's mailing address, I decided to share the information here.
Adding this to Fourth Grade Frolics- Monday Made It