It’s GREAT to welcome the number 8 to the Number Parade! These number worksheets will teach your child the formation of the number 8, the amount the number 8 represents, and the word for this number. As with all number parade worksheets, you will find additional tips and activity suggestions on each worksheet designed to help your child solidify his understanding of this number in fun and engaging ways.
The number 8 is unique with its two large, round circles stacked on top of each other. Begin by introducing your child to the worksheet that highlights a large number 8, eight items to be counted, and the word eight. Have your child use the index finger on his dominant hand to trace along the inside of the large 8, pointing out how he can create the double loop of the number 8 in one fluid motion without lifting his finger. Using one-to-one correspondence (touching each picture once as your child counts) will be important for accurately counting the eight pictures. The word eight at the bottom of the page is strictly a sight word, as it cannot be sounded out. Encourage your child to remember the way this word looks as he adds it to his sight word repertoire. Have your child name each letter in the word and then spell it aloud a few times to help him remember the order of the letters.
The number scramble on the second worksheet will require your child to look carefully to identify each number 8 in a path that moves horizontally and vertically, but not diagonally. The number 3 may provide a challenge since it is quite similar to the 8, with two curved lines stacked one on top of the other. The numbers 9 and 6 can be tricky since a circle can be seen in these numbers, as well. For additional practice, your child can connect the 8s with his finger before using a pencil to create the path.
The third worksheet reviews the formation of the number 8 and provides important counting practice. With larger groups of pictures, it is often helpful for children to put a small mark on each object as it is counted to ensure accuracy and practice counting with one-to-one correspondence.
The fourth worksheet with numbered plates and food items is another fun way to practice counting. If your child is not yet comfortable with cutting small pictures, do this cutting yourself and place the separated pictures on the table for him to count and handle. (Before you or your child cuts apart the 12 pictures of food at the bottom of this worksheet, cut out a rectangle containing 8 pictures. Ask your child to count the amount of pictures in the top row. After he says “four,” you can show him how two rows of 4 equal 8 by letting him continue to count the remaining 4 pictures.) Ask your child to identify the plate with the number 8 and then place 8 food items on the plate. For additional practice, your child may wish to paste the appropriate amount of pictures on the second plate.
After these four worksheets are completed, consider printing the number 8 tracing numbers worksheet. This worksheet will instruct your child on the correct way to write this challenging number and provide important opportunities to practice tracing and freehand writing the number. Writing the number 8 in one fluid motion can be very challenging for young children and it is not uncommon for a child to simply draw two stacked circles when attempting to write this number. However, reinforce the shape of the number 8 by instructing your child to trace along the dashed line on the worksheet as though he was writing the letter S. When his pencil reaches the bottom of the number, direct him to continue along the curvy path, completing the bottom circle and then the top circle. With practice, your child will become comfortable smoothly writing the number 8 without lifting his pencil.
Once your child is familiar with the number 8, you can play additional games at home to reinforce this knowledge. For example, ask your child to collect four different pairs of shoes from closets in your home. After he has arranged the shoes in a row, ask him to count the total number of shoes by touching each one. He can also do this with gloves, socks or mittens. Or, name the four parts of your arm: hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Ask your child to count aloud as you touch each part on one arm, move across your shoulders, and then touch each part on the second arm to equal 8 body parts. Then challenge him to touch all four parts of his arms as he counts aloud.
Coming next week: Number 9