How to Teach Counting with a Stair Jumping Game
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Ever had a little one bouncing off the walls and dancing on the couch? The next time it happens try the stair jumping game.
Stair Jumping Game
Number the Stairs
It’s rather simple. Head outside and carefully number the steps with chalk by beginning with the number one on the bottom step, number two on the next step up, so on and so forth. The top step should have the largest number.
Encourage your preschooler to draw pictures next to the numbers. One picture for number one, two for number two, three for number three, and so on and so forth. Your stairs will be very decorated when you’re finished!
Jump Up the Stairs Counting
Now have your child jump up the stairs counting each step, “One… two…. three… four.” Once the top is reached, count backwards, “Four… three… two… one.”
Keep jumping up and down the stairs until your energetic preschooler is adept at counting. It might take only a few minutes or it might take a few days. There’s no rush.
Addition and Subtraction
Now it’s time to learn all about addition and subtraction. Have your child jump up three steps while counting. Now jump down two steps while counting backwards. Next jump up one step.
Vary the number of steps your child jumps up (adds) and jumps down (subtract). Keep counting and jumping up and down the stairs as long as your child has the energy and desire to jump.
Numbering the stairs helps your child learn to recognize the numbers, but sometimes you need to skip writing on the stairs.
This might be because you’re playing indoors, at church, or at the library. Just skip writing numbers on the steps. You and your kid can keep counting the stairs on the way up and counting backwards on the way down.
Remember…all you really need to play is your preschool child and a set of stairs.
So try playing the stair jumping game the next time your little one is bouncing off the walls. You can burn off some energy and teach math skills.