- The children are sitting in a circle and you are about to take the register.
- Lay out some number cards on a table near the front. Use enough number cards as children you have in the class.
- Ask two volunteers to come to the front, one child will be the ‘counter’ and the other child will be the ‘card giver’, in charge of the number cards.
- The ‘counter’ begins by touching the head of the first child and saying one. The child in charge of the number cards, looks for the number one card and gives it to the first child sitting in the circle. This child keeps his/her number. The ‘counter’ continues with the next child, saying two and the ‘card giver’ looks for the number 2 card and gives it to the child sitting in the circle.
- Continue in this way until all of the children sitting in the circle have a number card. The ‘counter’ and the ‘card giver’ also take number cards and sit down.
- Now ask the class How many children in class today? How many children are missing? Who is missing? Who has number x, show it to us? Continue in the same way for other random numbers.
This idea was submitted by Chloe Remy, a Pre-primary teacher at ISCAT, La Garriga.