Number Card Games

Number Card Games
Objective To review counting, number recognition, and
sequencing numbers 0–20 through number card activities.
Whole Group
Small Group
Key Concepts and Skills
Practice oral counting. [Number and Numeration Goal 1]
Practice one-to-one counting (objects and claps). [Number and Numeration Goal 2]
Recognize numerals and represent numbers with objects. [Number and Numeration Goal 3]
Compare and order numbers. [Number and Numeration Goal 6]
Terms to Use number cards, order, smaller, bigger
Materials Cardstock number cards from My First Math Books or Teaching Aid Masters (Math Masters,
pp. 105–107) to make decks of Number Cards 0–20 (laminated or mounted on heavy paper if possible);
scissors; large paper clips or small plastic bags
Planning Tip Have children
cut out the cards or prepare
decks for them ahead of time.
(Alternately, you can detach the
cardstock number cards from your
class set of My First Math Books.)
Children will need space to
spread out with their cards, so
you may want to conduct this in
small groups over the course of
one or more days. Save the
decks for future use.
Core Activities
䉴 Playing Number Card Games
(Math Masters, pp. 105–107)
Give each child a deck of Small Number Cards (0–20), and have them arrange their
decks in numerical order. Circulate and observe children as they work. Then, use the
number cards to play some games with the group. Here are a few game suggestions to
use in this activity and later:
䉯 Say a number and have children pick out the corresponding card.
䉯 Say a number and have children pick out the number that comes before or after.
䉯 Count orally together (forward, backward, skip counts) as children touch the
appropriate cards.
Informing Instruction
Watch for children who are not
comfortable working with
numbers above 10. Activity 3-16,
page 172, provides additional
practice with counting, reading,
representing, and ordering
teen numbers.
䉯 Clap a number of times while children silently count and then pick out the
appropriate card.
䉯 Working as partners, have one child say a number and the other find the
corresponding card.
䉯 Working as partners, have one child show a number and the other collect that
number of objects. (These collections can be put on temporary display if desired.)
Encourage children to think of additional games to play with the cards and to teach
them to each other in the Math Center.
the Activity
Tailor the range of cards used to
the needs of individuals in your
group. You might help some
children add dots to their decks
for additional support.
䉴 Continuing Number Books
(Revisit Activity 3 䉬1, p. 138)
Provide time and assistance for children to continue their number book pages.
Teaching Options
䉴 Playing with Number Cards
Provide additional copies of Small Number Cards for children to write on. Children can
choose three colors of crayons and trace each number to create a rainbow effect.
Children can take their rainbow cards home to play games with their families.
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䉯 Children can use two sets of cards to play Concentration.
19 18 17 16
䉯 Put a deck of number cards and a timer in the Math Center. Children can try to beat
the timer as they order the cards. Begin with five minutes and move to shorter
intervals as children are interested and able.
䉴 Tracing Numbers
Small Number Cards (16–20)
Math Masters, p. 107
159 Activity 3 9 Number Card Games