Posted in Christmas, Counting, Fluency, Subitising

# Counting with the Christmas flik-flak

Print your flik-flak onto A4 paper and laminate. Fold along the black lines and you’re ready to go.

In a large group:

Hold up the Digit Dog flik-flak and ask how many dogs can you see? You can show all the numbers from 0 to 10 by folding on the black lines. This allows children to practise counting sets of objects up to 10.

For example, you can fold the flik-flak like this:

Ask:

How many dogs can you see?

How many are there with red hats? How many with green hats?

What if there was one more dog? What if there was one less dog?

Show me with fingers how many dogs there are.

How many dogs? Do that number of jumps.

Once children can confidently count the dogs with 1:1 correspondence, encourage them to subitise i.e. to say how many dogs there are without counting in ones.

In a small group:

Give children individual flik-flaks and ask them show me questions. Use your questions to develop mathematical language and reasoning skills.

Use your flik-flak to show me:

1. Single digit numbers – 1, 2, 3, 4 ……etc.
2. The numbers 0 – 10 in order. How many ways can you show each number?
3. The same number as I am showing.
4. One less / one more than 3, than 4….. etc. How did you work it out? Can you do it without counting?
5. More/fewer than I am showing. Explain your answer. Has everyone got the same answer? Can you give me another answer?