### Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician has a special skill – she is a **wizard** with **mathematics**!

### A counting and drawing activity

Here is a free activity that you can do with your children or students to practice **counting numbers** and **associating a number of units with numerals**.

If you’re a **parent** or a **homeschool teacher**, read the story to your children, or help your children to read the story aloud if they are already literate. Mia the Math Magician will relate a story to your children about to hungry bluebirds searching for food. As you read the story, your child should draw in the boxes the number of objects posed by Mia (so for example, when asked to draw two little bluebirds, your child can draw two birds in the boxes with a blue crayon).

If you’re a **schoolteacher**, you can also use this exercise in the classroom. Read the story aloud to your students, or pick students in the classroom to read the story to the rest of the class. When you reach a point where you are asked to draw something inside one of the boxes on the page, give your students time to draw inside the boxes. Then, continue the story until you are finished.

### Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Mathematics

This lesson falls under standard **K.CC.5** for kindergarten common core mathematics skills:

Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.

Love this! My kids did too!

Thanks so much

Thank you Pat – I’m very glad to hear it. I hope you and your kids have fun!

I love this!! Looking forward to using it with my children…but is there a way to edit it? There were two places that I thought needed an edit: After the five tasty crackers it says “Both of them wanted to all…” (is there a word missing?) The other place was after the puppies. It said: “They apologized to eat other”. This isn’t meant as “criticism”…just an attempt to show my kindergartners print that made sense…although I could use it as is and ask them to be on the look out….. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Hi Lisa,

So sorry about the mistakes! I don’t have the copy with me right now (it’s on a hard drive at home, and we’re away for the holidays), but when I get back to France I will fix these pages right away. Thanks so much for pointing out the errors!

All the best to you!