Bilingual counting activities using a safari theme can be great to review numbers or introduce new numbers. There are many different ways to create counting activities for bilingual learners.
However, reviewing numbers daily or consistently can motivate students to recall and identify numbers.
Bilingual Counting Activities Tips
While you can begin with flashcards or interactive games, you can also use other ideas. For instance, you can use hands-on activities like finger paint and matching to count.
These activities don’t have to take too much time to prepare. That is, you can use them in groups at short time intervals.
- Free counting numbers in English and Spanish worksheets
- Construction paper or card-stock paper
- Finger paint or markers
- Sheet protector or pocket
- Dry-eraser markers
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
- Safety scissors
Using the safari bilingual number cards
- Print the set of numbers and cut each card
- Paste each number card on card-stock or sturdy paper
- Cut each number card and set aside
- Arrange the numbers from one to nine
- Cut each card along the line
- Ask students to match each number with the respective label
Using the safari bilingual dot counting sheets
- Print the set of safari number dot sheets
- Use finger paint and a cotton swab to count each number
- Optional: children can use their little fingers to dip into paint and count
- Allow the paint to dry
- Place number dot sheets inside sheet protectors
- Use dry-erase markers or color markers to count each dot
- Then, erase with a dry-erase solution or water
- Allow the sheet protectors to dry
- Repeat as many times as necessary to practice number identification and counting
Developing Bilingual Counting Routines
Just as there many fun ways to review and introduce counting, there are also numerous ways to create routines to count. You might already have a routine for learning. So, why not add a time slot to review numbers.
For example, you can create a game of who can match the numbers the fastest. Or, you can ask to match the number label to the number.
Either way, adding those 5-10 minutes of practice can encourage your bilingual learner to know these numbers. After that, you can add other numbers or operations.
In conclusion, bilingual counting activities are fun when using themes that students can relate to. Besides using a safari theme of adorable animals, you can motivate your students to practice daily or on a routine basis.
That way, they are ready for more challenging numbers or operations.