Tuesday, March 5, 2013

More or Less? Mix and Mingle!

I came across the cutest idea in one of my classes and wanted to pass it along! 
Barely any materials required and it is totally active--YAY.


More or Less? Mix and Mingle!

1. Give each student a number card (as high as you'd like--differentiate!).
2. Play music or have students say "mingle...mingle...mingle..." as they shuffle around the classroom.
3. When the music stops or you tell them to stop mingling, call on a student (draw a popsicle stick!).
4. The child then reveals his or her number.
5. The rest of the class organizes themselves as more than, less than, or equal to the number of that student. You can have them in various places around the room or set up specific places.


This is a great activity to promote general number sense and the understanding of greater than, less than, or equal to. We want kids to understand how numbers relate to one another and help them build that conceptual understanding. 

I like that this game can be adapted to fit kids of all ages and instructional levels and can be used small group or whole class! Plus, it is a nice way to get the wiggles out!

Below is not the exact game, but it is a similar idea! 
WATCH THE VIDEO--it is so cute!!!!
In this video, the kiddos are mingling (they say "mingle...mingle...mingle..." and it's precious!!) until the teacher calls out a number. The kids then form groups of that number and need to decide if they have too many/not enough/etc.

P.S. I love! I could watch other people teach for HOURS.

So what do you think?? 
Could you these ideas in your classroom?


  1. LOVE this idea!! I would totally use this in my classroom!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

    1. Yay!!! I love that it is so simple but so meaningful! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! P.S. I'm about to buy your Easter creativity!! SO precious!!!


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