Bugs are everywhere! It’s time to call in the bats! This fast-paced counting game can be tied into many themes (bats, bugs, food chains, habitats) or used just as a counting game! Since it reinforces one-to-one correspondence, it also builds early math and pre-reading skills!
Before play, cut out and laminate the bats and boards. (Kids love making their bats gobble up the bugs, and the pieces need to be reinforced!) To play, take turns rolling a die, counting the dots on the die (or reading the numbers if you have a non-dot die!), taking that number of bats, and placing each bat on a bug (yummy!). The winner is the first player whose bats ate all their bugs. Depending on your children's age, play can always continue until everyone wins.
In an even faster game, older children can use two dice and add the numbers together to find out how many bats they get to feed!
Parents and teachers can also tie the game into units like bats, bugs, insects, habitat, and food chains/food webs.