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Two Of Everything Activities
Taking Shape Activities With A Number 2 Lesson Plan
Have fun (as we did!) with this lesson plan, discovering with your group of children the number 2. Fun games, songs and crafts will teach them about pairs, doubling, twinning and how to use their hands. A great introduction to maths, where young children will be drawn in with exciting activities that will keep their attention.
Have each activity ready to go by preparing well beforehand. Familiarise yourself with the material, so that you can confidently draw the children in. They will be inspired by your enthusiasm!
Check out this set of foam balls
Ball Games In Pairs
Get the children into pairs and give them a ball. Get them to play the following exercises:
- Hit the ball to each other with hands and see how many times they can hit it before it touches the ground.
- Bounce on the floor twice in the middle, before their partner catches it and returns likewise .
- One partner throws it overarm and the other returns it underarm.
- Kicking to each other around an obstacle, such as a chair in the middle.
- Throw it backwards and see if their partner can catch it.
Try These Large Memory Cards
Children love hunting for things! This game could also be played in pairs.
Give each a number of picture cards and ask them to find matching pairs which have been hidden around the room. You could set a time limit to make it more exciting!
One Becoming Two
- An All Round Lesson Plan On Circles
The first in this Taking Shape Activities series was about number one. If you covered this lesson plan you could briefly recap. Talk about how we can double one (e.g. tearing a piece of paper in half) to make two. What are twins and who knows of any?
Matching Games- The Who's Missing Quiz
Divide the children into two teams and ask them to match the following well-known characters and titles. Each child earns points for their team for each correct answer. You can of course add your own to suit the ages of your group:
- Hansel and.....(Gretel)
- Adam and ......(Eve)
- David and......(Goliath)
- Mother and...(father)
- Ladies and.....(gentlemen)
- Batman and.....(Robin)
- Snow White and.....(the Seven Dwarfs)
- Boys and.....(girls)
- Goldilocks and.....(the three bears)
- Tom and....(Jerry)
Rhymes With Twos
Lead them in the following rhymes
- Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck one/two...the mouse ran down, hickory dickory dock.
- Two fat gentlemen met in a lane (hold up two thumbs), bowed most politely, bowed once again, how do you do (x3) and....again.
Repeat with: two thin ladies (forefingers), two tall policemen (middle fingers), two small schoolboys (ring fingers), two little babies (little fingers).
- Two little dickie birds (hold up two fingers) sitting on a wall, one named Peter, the other named Paul, fly away Peter (take one away), fly away Paul (take other away), come back Peter (return first) and come back Paul (return second).
Our Bodies- What Do We Have Two Of?
Make a list together of what we have two of
Hand Songs For Kids
With two hands lead them in these rhymes and songs, remembering to do all the actions that they suggest:
- Let's clap our hands together and nod our heads as well, let's clap our hands together, you're welcome here today.
- Hands up high, hands down low, in the air and on the ground, rolling, rolling all around, in your lap, don't make a sound.
- (begin with hands up in front, close fingers)- Open shut them, open shut them, lay them in your lap, open shut, open shut them, give yourself a clap!
(Creep fingers slowly from knee up) Creep them (x4) right up to your chin, open wide your little mouth, but do not let them in! (behind back) (arms stretched out, then bring them out and in) Open shut them, open shut them, don't get in a muddle, open shut them, open shut them, give yourself a cuddle.
- Listen to the music and clap your hands (x3) until the music stops shhhhhhhhh Listen to the music and play your chest.............................................................. Listen to the music and tap your head................................................................ Listen to the music and stamp your feet..............................................................
- I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me, I can make them do things, would you like to see, I can shut them up tight or open them all wide, put them all together or make them all hide, I can make them jump high, I can make them jump low, I can fold them quietly and hold them all just so.
Check out the story of Jairus' Daughter here
Storytime- The Healing Of Jairus' Daughter
Tell the story of how Jesus used his kind and healing hands to heal this little girl.
You could conclude the story by asking how we can use our hands to do kind things then sing this little song:
Two little eyes to look to God, two little ears to hear his word, two little feet to walk in his ways, two little lips to sing his praise, two little hands to do his will and one little heart to love him still.
Craft Activity- Draw Around Your Own Hands
Decorate your hands, then write a caption, such as "He's got the whole world in his hands." End your session by singing the song!