## 1. Overview

“Hide and Seek” teaches your child cardinality – the idea that the last number they counted when numbering a group of objects is the same as the number of objects. This provides more counting practice and builds the foundation for addition and subtraction.

How many balls am I hiding?
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## 2. Materials

Spoons, pennies, checkers, and any another object that you can hide with your hands.

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## 3. Activity

Video: How many cars am I hiding?

Place any number of objects on the table and have your child count them.

Adult: [Place five objects on the table]
Count these objects.
Child: One. [Touches first object]
Two. [Touches second object]
Three. [Touches third object]
Four. [Touches fourth object]
Five. [Touches fifth object]

How many objects am I hiding!
Child: Five!

Adult: [Place five objects on the table] Count these objects.
Child: One. [Touches first object]
Two. [Touches second object]
Three. [Touches third object]
Four. [Touches fourth object]
Five. [Touches fifth object]
How many objects am I hiding!
Child: Four!
Try counting them again!
Child: One. [Touches first object]
Two. [Touches second object]
Three. [Touches third object]
Four. [Touches fourth object]
Five. [Touches fifth object]

Once again, cover the objects and ask the same question. If your child has trouble, tell them the correct answer and ask them to repeat after you.

How many objects am I hiding!
Child: Three.
No. This is one. [Touches first object]
No. This is one. [Touches first object]
Two. [Touches second object]
Three. [Touches third object]
Four. [Touches fourth object]
Five. [Touches fifth object]
Now you try.
Child: One. [Touches first object]
Two. [Touches second object]
Three. [Touches third object]
Four. [Touches fourth object]
Five. [Touches fifth object]
Adult: Now let’s start from the beginning. [Restarts at very beginning of activity]

Repeat the game with a different number of objects

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