Are you looking for a fun way to help kids learn numbers up to 6? Then you’ll love this free fishing game which focuses on subitising and recognising numbers.
I printed and laminated the fish for added durability. Then I attached a large paper clip to each fish and secured it with some tape. To make the rods, I tied some yarn to a donut shaped magnet and a stick.
Subitising is a skill where kids can tell how many objects there are at a glance, rather than having to count each object one by one to find out ‘how many?’. The fish included in this game feature common dot patterns found on dice and irregular dot patterns. To play the game, I spread out the fish with regular dot patterns first and then asked the kids to catch a fish. Then I asked ‘how many dots?’ and observed which kids could subitise and which kids had to count the dots one by one. After the kids got the hang of subitising fish with regular dot patterns I added the other fish. The kids placed their caught fish on the corresponding bucket.
To play this game, I got the kids to tell me what number was on each bucket and then we placed them in order from 1 to 6. Next, I spread out the fish with numbers and gave instructions like ‘catch a fish with 4 dots’. Then they placed the caught fish on the corresponding buckets.
Another game kids can play is fish match, where they simply identify how many dots are on each fish and then match it to the fish with that number. The kids can also turn the fish face down to play fish memory. So a matching pair might be two fish with three dots or a fish with three dots and the number three.
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