Kids love guessing games and ours are no exception. I remember teachers holding their fingers up behind their backs and the child who guessed the closest to the number of fingers they were holding up got a privilege, such as walking out first to recess. The game never got old because there was always a new opportunity to guess. This continued into higher grades where teachers would write down a number and have students guess. In kindergarten and preschool, guessing the number is exciting enough and needs no further reward.
How many gems am I holding? Pre-K and Kinder Guessing Game From 0 to 5
You will need:
- 5 glass gems or other small objects
- That’s it!
This game is so simple that it requires no set-up except gathering five gems or other small items. If you use something other than gems, it should be easy for the children to grasp without dropping. Tell them you are going to put between zero and five gems into their hands which they will hide behind their backs. They will not know how many gems are in their hands. Other students will each take turns guessing how many gems there are and then the student with the gems (or no gems) will take his hands out from behind his back and open them for all to see and determine who was the closest. The game continues until each child has had a turn. This is a great game for rainy days and can be done spontaneously as it requires no prep time! You can also change it up to be a guessing game about colors by placing a colored bear or other object into their hands and have everyone guess the color.
MORE Hands-on, Playful ways to teach the numbers 0-5 with these activities from the Early Childhood Education Team. Follow the hashtag #TeachECE to find all of the FREE learning activities from the team.
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