We all know that having a strong number sense is vitally important to our mathematical ability. It’s why we spend so much time looking at, deconstructing, and working with numbers in kindergarten and first grade. I am always looking for fun and engaging number sense games to help my primary students practice how to identify, order, and compare numbers.
WHAT IS NUMBER SENSE?
In simple terms, number sense is an intuitive sense of numbers. It’s when students understand the different amounts each number stands for and how they relate to other numbers. In the primary grades, it is important to provide many hands-on opportunities for students to see and feel each number. This is especially important with numbers 0-20 before they move onto numbers up to 120 and higher! I included lots of hands-on ideas for numbers 0-20 in one of my earlier blog posts: “Building Number Sense in Kindergarten and First Grade.“
A Fun Number Sense Game
In this blog post, I wanted to share a simple game to help students order numbers 0-10. All you need to play is a deck of cards! This game is called TRASH or GARBAGE and it’s great for students in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
I made a quick video so you can see how to play this fun and easy game below:
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