Did you know that numbers and letters are hiding all around your house and neighborhood?
Dear parents and teachers,
Are you looking for a way to help your children learn their numbers and letters without using repetitive practice worksheets?
This number/letter scavenger hunt is a great activity for helping kids learn their numbers and letters in an interactive, rewarding way without relying on rote memorization and worksheets. As they go on a hunt for numbers and letters, they will be actively engaged in the learning process, intrinsically motivated to seek out “surprises” in their everyday environment, and grow more confident as they learn these fundamental concepts.
On this scavenger hunt, kids will search for a specific number or letter of their choice. The charts on the next pages will give them ideas of places to look. For instance, if they choose the number 12, they can look on a nutrition label on a box of food or a billboard on the side of the road and check off the box from the following chart when they find a 12 on that type of item. Older students can keep tally marks of the times they see the number/letter on each item. For instance, if you are looking for the letter “e” on a stove (for the kitchen appliance category) that says “Self Cleaning Oven” on the front, they would make 3 tally marks for the letter “e.”
Decide which number or letter they will search for and circle it on the list above the chart. Then try to find that number/letter on the items in the chart and help your children check them off as they go. If they are playing with a partner, they can race to see who can be the first to either find 4 in a row or check off every box on the chart.
You may want to print this out and place it in a plastic sheet protector and then have kids write on it with a dry erase marker so you can keep re-using the same charts to find all the numbers from 1-20 and all the letters from a - z.