Children will go on an outside scavenger hunt to collect sets of items for each number 1-5.
Show your children the numbers 0-5. Say the names of the numbers together as you point to each one. Then tell your child, “Today we are going to go hunt for some interesting nature items—like flowers, leaves, and sticks—outside. We will take each number and go out and find that many of the same thing. If we pick the number 4 and we go hunt for leaves, we need to find 4 leaves. Then we’ll move on to the next number and hunt for something different. We can collect anything we want that we see outside.”
While collecting items, talk about what the item looks and feels like, for example its color, size, and texture. You can also talk about its purpose: flowers make seeds, leaves make food for the plants, sticks and stems help hold the plant up, etc. Help your child notice where things grow and come from. Talk about how a pinecone that’s on the ground fell off the tree above it.
Group your found items around the number to count. Help your child learn to touch each item as he counts or as you count together. Compare how many nature items you count to the plastic number to see if they match. You can also talk about which group has more and which group has less.