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Elephant Digging Tusks Sensory & Math

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We continue to explore Going On Safari with Mother Goose Time. This fun math activity was a hit! Elephant Digging Tusks Sensory & Math is definitely going to be left to explore all week! Digging Tusks connects elephants with math. Elephants use their tusks to remove tree bark, dig for roots or make holes to find water.

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Elephant Digging Tusks Sensory & Math

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Elephant Digging Tusks Sensory & Math is a table top math activity focusing on numbers 1-10. Leaf shaped numbers were included in the kit. I laminated them so they would hold up well in the sand.

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

You can use a tray of dirt or sand. I chose sand because I had it readily available and it might be slightly cleaner than dirt but either would be fine.

I buried the number leaves in the sand and the children used the Link Strips manipulatives to dig like elephants.

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

After uncovering the number leaves the child identifies it and places in in order with the others.

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Everyone was anxious for a turn.

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Using a Link Strip in each hand engages both sides of the body and brain.

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Playing in sand is always a hit and this new way was very engaging.

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Observe

While watching the children play, I could observe to see which skills the child is working on or needs help with.

  • Did the child identify the numbers 1-10?
  • Could she put them in order from 1-10 or 10-1?
elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Lots of digging elephants!

elephant tusks digging for number leaves sensory and math activity for preschoolers from Mother Goose Time #MGTBlogger #MotherGooseTime #GoingOnSafari #preschool #ece

Once again we loved this fun idea from Mother Goose Time! It’s just one of so many that we do each day, learning through play.

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