To find combinations of 5, 6, and 7.
Ask children to hold up five fingers. Explain that you will do this a few times, and you would like children to use both hands to show five in different ways. For example, children could show three fingers on one hand and two fingers on the other hand. Note the combinations children use, for instance, you might see whether children use different combinations or use the same one each time. To extend the activity, ask children to show five and then one more. Discuss the ways the children made six.
Part 1 asks children to find combinations to 5 using two hands. Part 2 repeats the activity with 6. The extension moves to find combinations of 7.
How can you show 5 using two hands? Can you do it in a different way?
(Once children have shown one combination of 5, ask them how to show a different one).
While children are enjoying their building of mastery, feel free to repeat. When children are eager for more, try Part 2.
How can you show 6 using two hands? Can you do it in a different way?
As always, when children seem excited for a new challenge, move on.
How can you show 7 using two hands? Can you do it in a different way?