“Why are we doing this?”

That’s a good question!

My answer when I get this question could be, “We try to practice our numbers”, but that doesn’t fly with preschoolers in my experience. I have to think fast then, if I haven’t given a good explanation.

Modeling a number of cupcakes in playdough and matching them with the right numeral was the activity I had in mind today. Nice, tactile and concrete; a little fine motor practice, some counting, some matching, some fun. Well, the fun part was not evident to the five-year-old who asked, “Why are we doing this?”

“We have gotten lots of orders on cupcakes and we have to get them ready, but we must remember to put the order slip with the number by it to make sure we give it to the right customer!”

Satisfied with this explanation, she set to work.


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