Package 3-1 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Numeral card caterpillar

This task will increase confidence in your child to place numbers in sequence.

Week 4 - Package 1 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Numeral card caterpillar

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete these tasks.


  • 2 sets of numeral cards from 0 - 12 (you can make your own by writing 0-12 on paper squares)

  • a length of string

Back up

  • A deck of playing cards using A-10, Jack = 11 and Queen = 12.

Why is this activity important?

This task provides opportunities for students to become increasingly confident in using what they know to order numbers.

Before you start

Read the section about follow-up questions.

What your child needs to know and do

This task is easily adaptable and your child can bring to it whatever they know about numbers and counting.

What to do next

Set up our length of string each.

How to play:

  • Use two sets of numeral cards (0-12 or beyond).

  • Shuffle the cards and place them in one central pile.

  • Take turns to turn over one card and place it in front of you, somewhere along the length of string.

  • The goal is to be the first person to complete the number sequence from 0 -12.

  • If you are unable to place the card on your line, either miss a turn or give the card to your partner (you can choose which rule to use)

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Change the number range from 0 -6 or 0 to 10, for example.

Activity too easy?

Change the number range from 0 -22, for example.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • Talk out aloud as you place your cards, drawing attention to important relationships like ‘about half way’, ‘the number before/after’, ‘1 more/1 less’, in between’, etc.

    • “I wonder where I should put my card (for example, 5)? I think it will be a little bit less than half way because i know that 6 is half of 12, and 5 is 1 less than 6.”

    • I think 5 (for example) goes between 3 and 7 because when I count, I say the words 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, I know this is 3, and I know this is 7, 5 is the middle.

  • Ask your child to share their thinking about their card placement (and give them a lot of time to think)

Extension/additional activity

Have some numeral cards from the sequence missing and ask your child to identify the numbers that fit within those places, justifying their responses by using words such as “the number before”, “the number after”, “the number between”

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