“Mummy! Mum! Look what I found. It’s a number six leaf! Cooooool!”
Such excitement over a simple leaf. She then dropped it, of course, and so we set off on a search for another 6-shaped-leaf. I suggested we look for other numeral shapes as well.
Before long we were all engaged in a hunt for nature’s numbers. I grabbed a long piece of cardboard for our collection, and we attached each numeral with sticky tape. Because we didn’t always find numbers in the right order, it was a challenge for Miss 5 to stick them down in the right place, while still leaving enough room for other numerals as we discovered them.
We spent an entire afternoon outside in nature; exploring the leaf litter, collecting sticks, looking for shapes and thinking about numbers. What a delightful way to learn together.
When I look back at my classroom teaching days, I wonder how many activities like this I could have taken OUTSIDE…
(My daughter took her nature numbers to show at school
and they are now proudly hanging in her classroom.)