My Turn for the Ice Cream
By finding the right place in the ice cream line, children practice recognizing numbers, counting out objects, and learn the ordinal value of numbers.
Ordinal numbers, like “1st”, “2nd”, “3rd, “4th”, etc. indicate a position in a series, or an order. This way of using numbers is a bit different from what children usually encounter. This game gives children a situation where they can practice understanding ordinality.
While playing this game, be sure to say the ordinal numbers out loud, like “first, second, third,” instead of “one, two, three.” Children will connect what you say with what they see when looking at their position in the line.