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Five Dirty Shirts

From felt, cut out five children figures, five adult figures, fish washing machines and five shirts. Number each set from 1 to 5. Arrange the child figures in order on your flannelboard. Put the adult figures below them. At the bottom of the flannelboard, arrange the five washing machine figures. Set the shirts aside. Then read the following rhyme to your children.

Five Little Children
Five little children in five new shirts

One, two, three, four, five
(count shirts as you place them in order on the child figures).
Had great fun playing in the dirt.
One, two, three, four, five
(count children)
Five loving parents said, Your shirts are dirty!
One, two, three, four, five
(count parents)
We'll just wash them, and they'll be pretty.
One, two, three, four, five.
(Remove shirts and place one behind each washing machine as you count).
They washed the shirts the very same day
One, two, three, four, five
(count washing machines)
And five little children went out the play.
One, two, three, four, five.
(Remove shirts and place them in order on the children.)

Five Ticklish Toes

Have your children remove one shoe and sock. Have them count the toes on that foot. Then recite the following rhyme to get her.

Five Toes

On my foot I have five toes.
One, two, three, four, five.
(count toes)
They are ticklish, I suppose.
Tickle, tickle
(tickle toes)

Variation: Have the children count and tickle a friends toes.

Arts & Crafts

Glue sets of 5 things all over a large tagboard number 5 cutout. 5 buttons, 5 stickers, 5 pompoms, etc.

Theme Ideas

Five Fingers

Hold up five fingers of one hand. Ask your children to tell you how many fingers they see. Then count the fingers out loud. Next, hold up four fingers on one hand and one finger on the other. Now, how many fingers do you children see? Count again. Hold up two fingers on one hand and three on the other. Now, how many? Continue letting your children discover other ways of showing five fingers.

Buttons, Buttons

Dump a large assortment of buttons in the center of the circle. Call up one of your children and ask him or her to find five buttons that share a certain characteristic (for instance, five wooden buttons, five round buttons, or five buttons with two holes). Place the five buttons on a plate and continue with another volunteer.


Preschool Math: All About the Number 5 -
Number Five Number Buddy - DLTK
Number 5 Worksheets -
Number 5 - Kids R Crafty
Identify Number 5 -
Color the Number 5 - K12 Reader

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