- These games are played with children who understand quantity to
ten and know the numerals to ten. When children have reached a
certain point, they enjoy practicing and showing off what they
know. It is important that they enjoy these games, and that
everyone feels a success. There is no need to make children take
turns. If one child wants to be first, let him be first, and if
one child wants many turns, he can have many turns. A skillful
teacher will still be able to see that everyone has a chance to
shine. Should anyone complain that "John" is always wanting
turns, the teacher can say with approval, "I know he does. He
just loves numbers!"
- Game 1 - Children are asked to do various things a certain number
of times. For example, "John, would you like to stamp your feet
three times?" "Ann, you clap six times." "Jim, knock on the
table four times." "Elizabeth, come and give me two kisses. Big
ones!" "Tim, clap zero times."
- Game 2 - Fifty five identical objects (beads, shells, small
stones, nuts) are put on one of the tables. The numbers 0 to 10
are written on separate papers and folded up in a box. Each child
draws a slip, opens it, and reads his number without saying what it
is. He next goes to the table and collects that number of
objects. Each child returns to the teacher and places his numeral
and the objects he has collected on her table.