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THE NUMBER ONE
 

ONE ART
#1 CROWNS
Let your children decorate  3” x 18” paper strips, however, they wish.
Place a large #1 in the middle of each strip.
Wrap each child’s strip around their head and secure with tape.
Let children take turns wearing their crowns, so that they can be the only number one for a short time.
 
DINO EGGS
Cut out a large egg shape for each of your children.
Have your children cut across the middle of their egg shapes
Give each child a cut out dinosaur’s head and neck to glue behind the bottom half of the egg.
These can then be glued onto a larger piece of paper, with the baby dino and the bottom of the egg in the middle of the paper and the top of the egg shell glued on as if it has just cracked open.
Discuss with your children that dinosaur eggs always contained only one baby dinosaur.
 
SUN AND MOON PUPPET
Give each of your children a 6” white paper circle.
Have them color one side yellow for the sun and add a face, then turn their circles over and make a moon face with a few gray craters.
Give each child a large craft stick to glue onto their circle for a handle.
Have children use their two-sided puppet when they sing songs about the sun and the moon.

ONE GAMES

HICKORY DICKORY DOCK 
Take a large kindergarten clock and sit with it in a circle with your children.
Choose a child to stand in the middle.
Recite, the adapted version of  “Hickory Dickory Dock” with your children.
As you recite the rhyme, have the child in the middle run around the inside of the circle.
Hold up the clock and move the hands around, stopping at one o’clock.
When the clock gets to one, the child runs back to his seat.
Choose another child and repeat game as long as interest lasts.
Adapted version of rhyme:
         Hickory Dickory Dock
         The mouse ran around the block.
         When the clock struck one,
         Back (he/she) ran,Hickory, Dickory Dock!
  
HOKEY-POKEY

Play the Hokey-Pokey game with your children.

Have children stand in a circle.
Sing the following “One” version of the song.

You put your one arm in,
You put your one arm out,
You put your one arm in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
                        Adapted Traditional

                       
Repeat the song using other body parts, such as one hand, one elbow, one foot, one leg, one knee, one hip or one head.

ONE GIANT ELEPHANT 
Let your children take turns doing this fun balancing activity.
Lay a  six foot piece of string or yarn on the floor .
Have your children take turns pretending to be elephants, who one at a time take a walk on the string.
After each child has finished walking on the string, have them point to another child to have a turn.

One little elephant balancing,
Step-by-step on a piece of string.
(He/she) thought that it was so much fun,
(He/she) called for another little elephant!

Point out that only one elephant can walk on the string at a time, or they would all fall off!
  
DOMINO SEARCH
This game is best if played with 2-4 children.
Set out a box of dominoes.
Turn the dominoes over so that you cannot see the dots.
Mix up the dominoes.
Let the children take turns turning over a domino and setting it in front of them.
When all the dominoes have been turned over, the child with the most sides with single dots, is the winner.
Variation:  You can also play a similar version of this game using a single or double set of dice and letting your children take turns rolling the dice.
 
CRAB SNACKTIME  (Art/Food Preparation)
Crab Placemats: Make black and white photocopies of crabs. Have your children color the pictures, cut them out, and glue them onto pieces of construction paper. Cover the finished placemats with clear Contact paper, if you wish.
Orange Foods: Talk about the orange color of crab shells. Then let the children help you prepare orange snacks, such as cheese cubes, orange juice, or baby carrots with dip.
 
TRAIN RIDES
Outside, pull around a wagon.
Let your children take turns, one at a time in the wagon.
Recite the following rhyme as you go.

One little train, chugging down the track.
First it goes up, then it comes back.
Riding on the train, is a lot of fun.
But this little train has room for only one.
                             Adapted Traditional


 
CIRCLING ONES
This game is best played with one child at a time.
Set out an old magazine.
Pick out a picture that has many objects in it.
Give the child a black pen.
Have the child find single objects and circle them.
Discuss with the child that they found and circled “one car” etc.
Variation:  You can also play this gave by having the child search for the numeral ones on the page and circling them.


ONE SCIENCE
 

ONE SCIENCE
Discuss these topics with your children when you are studying the number one.
The sun and the moon.
What the children looked and acted like when they were one.  You many want to have them bring in any pictures or clothing they have of that time.
Single animals that are hatched from eggs.
 
ONE LANGUAGE
 
WHEN I WAS ONE
Read the following rhyme to your children.  Help them make a list of all the special words they know now.

When I was one, I was so small,
I could not speak one words at all.
But now I’m big and the words I know
Every day just grow and grow.
                      Adapted Traditional

           

ONE LITTLE HELICOPTER
Here is a simple rhyme that your children can help you with.

One little helicopter up in the sky,
Looking for “ones” as he flies by.
He spies one _____ on the ground.
And circles the ______ all around.

           
Have children take turns filling in the missing single object that the helicopter spies on the ground.
 

ONE AT A TIME RHYME
            One at a time
            Climbing up the slide
            One at a time
            Going for a ride.
Discuss with your children why it is important to go up the slide and to come down the slide one at a time.


ONE WRITING
 
FINGER PAINTING ONE’S
When your children are finger painting, have them make giant ones on their papers, using just one finger.
 
SALT ONE’S
Set out a box or pan of salt.
Have your child make the number one, using their pointer finger.
 
WRITING ON PAPER
Give your child a large pencil, crayon or pen and some paper.
Show them how to make a #1.
Teaching them the following rhyme to help them remember how to make a one.
 
WRITING ONE RHYME

Down goes your line
When you make a one.
It’s is easy
And lots of fun.

Just be sure your line
Is as straight as it can be.
One’s like to stand
Up tall like a tree!
                 Jean Warren

                       
 
ONE SNACKS

 
SERVING JUST ONE
Setting the table or serving food is a great time for children to focus on the meaning of the number one.
Let your children take turns passing out one cookie (sandwich, pretzel, etc) to everyone.
Let children take turns giving everyone one napkin, or one juice cup.
 
SNACK RECIPIES FOR ONE

ONE FRUIT KABOBS
                        1 chunk cantaloupe
                        1 chunk honey dew melon
                        1 chunk pineapple
                        1 chunk banana
                        1 grape
Have children slide one of each fruit onto a kabob stick.

                       
 
NUMBER ONE HOT DOG
                        1 hot dog
                        1 slice cheese
                        1 slice bread                        
stack cheese on bread and place hot dog in middle.
Wrap bread and cheese around hot dog and fasten with 1 toothpick.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees until the bread toasts and the cheese melts.
 
                       
ROOTBEER FLOAT
             1 Scoop vanilla ice cream
             1 Glass
             1 Cup rootbeer
             1 Spoon
Combine ingredients and stir.
 
ONE FRUIT SALAD
            1 Apple
            1 Orange
            1 Banana            
Clean, peel and dice fruit.
Place into
        1 bowl
Stir with
        1 spoon
Serve.

ONE MUSIC
 

ONE SAD KING
Tune:  “Kookaburra”

One sad king, all alone.
Sat all day, on his throne.
Oh poor me, I am only one.
Being one, is no fun.

Then one day, he met a queen,
She was the nicest he had seen,
They got married and very soon
He built a throne made for two.

Now the king, is not alone.
Now the two sit on one throne.
Now he’s happy as can be.
And pretty soon, there could be three.
                        Jean Warren

 
WRITING THE NUMERAL ONE

Down goes your line,
When you make a one.
It is easy,
And lots of fun.

Just be sure your line
Is as straight as it can be.
One’s like to stand
Up tall like a tree!
                        Jean Warren