We’ve been using our Fall Roll and Cover mats this week to work on numeral matching and identification. Most of my students are beginning numeral learners, so this is a good way for them to at least match numerals after they choose one of the number cards, and additionally learn to identify and name the numerals.
For students who are more accomplished at numbers, we use the pre-printed mat shown in the picture above, with numerals from 1 – 10. If I am working with a group of students who are needing just a few specific numerals (or letters or shapes), I will start with the blank version shown below, and then program this version using a Sharpie with multiple instances of just one or two elements (in this case, just #2 or #3).
When you play the game, everyone gets a copy of the tree page, and they take turns pulling numeral cards (or rolling dice). While you can use buttons, tokens, or other other classroom manipulatives, I have recently been using these almost-clear water bottle lids.
As you can see from the picture below, you can see through the caps, allowing me or the other teachers to make sure the Little People have actually covered the correct number. I still have pieces of clear velcro on top of the numbers (seen below on #9), which give the bottle caps a little friction and prevents them from sliding off so easily.
You can find this Roll and Cover mat along with many other activities in my Basic Skills Activities for Fall.