The number line game!

The number line game!

The number line is a very simple game that invites the children to use their whole bodies. As you know, young children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process and this definitely gets them involved.

To begin our number line game, the children each picked a number card. I used tape to create a number line on the floor and we placed the number “0” on the first line on the floor so the children could see that no one stands on the number zero because zero means nothing!

Okay, so sometimes we stood on the zero – it depends on how good of a job I did explaining the idea but hopefully you get the idea. Then as I sang a song, the children danced around the room.

When I came to the end of my song, the children all ran back to the number line to find their spot. They had to work together to make sure everyone was in correct numerical order.

Then off we the children went again to dance around until I stopped singing. What did I sing? Well I made up a little tune that I honestly don’t remember now. It was just made up like “Let’s all dance around the room, let’s have a really good time. Dance around till your all mixed up now stand on the number line.”

The children didn’t care about the song as much as getting to dance all around until I stopped singing. Then everyone rushed back to get in line.

As you can tell, we did this in small groups but these children did so well, that they could easily do this as a whole group. Hmmm, I think we will give that a try this week!

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  • Diane Holland Tousignant Posted February 5, 2017 10:33 am

    Can you explain about math bags

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted February 5, 2017 10:51 am

    You can learn more about our math bags here:

  • Betsy Elder Posted February 18, 2017 2:33 pm

    how long is this and how far apart are the lines for the numbers?
    did you go to 10?
    What song did yo sing?

    great idea?

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted February 18, 2017 7:29 pm

    Hi Betsy,
    I didn’t measure the lines as I just put it together based on the amount of space I had in the room. But I would say keeping the markers at least a foot apart so the children have room to stand side by side would be good. I put ten markers on the number line as that was how much room I had on the carpet so we did this activity in small groups. I made up a song but you can use any song and tell the children when the music stops to go to stand in their spot on the number line or make up words and add it to a simple mad up tune. I sang something like “Dance, dance around the room. Dance until I call for you (repeat). Dance, dance but now it’s time – To come back and stand on the number line!”

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