Magician's Trick [Serial Orderer to 6+]

Activity Type: Small Group

Serial Orderer to 6+ (Comparing Number)

Quick Description:

Children use counting cards placed in numerical order and use their "magician's tricks" (counting) to tell which card it is without looking.

Practice-based Research: Magician's Trick develops children’s ordering skills, which builds number sense. The emphasis here is to confidentally use the the counting sequence. Children begin to learn that math can be used to make accurate predictions.

(This Building Blocks activity was modified in a research project* building activities that develop both mathematics and executive function competencies.)

*Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME)

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Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.