The number 9 has joined the Number Parade! The number 9 worksheets will introduce your child to the formation of the number 9, illustrate the amount the number 9 represents, and show the word for the number 9. Each of the four number worksheets also includes an activity suggestion for you to try with your child to help strengthen his knowledge of the number.
The first worksheet teaches your child the formation of the number 9 in a bright, bold illustration. Your child can become familiar with this number by tracing the number using the pointer finger on his dominant hand. Point briefly to the upper right part of the number, indicating where your child should begin “writing” with his finger. This number is written in one stroke, so remind your child to stop briefly after he writes the initial circle and before he changes direction to draw the downward line, but not to lift his finger until he has completed the number. Direct him to use his finger again as he touches each picture one time when he counts to 9. Touching each picture one time will reinforce the idea of “one to one correspondence” which means each number is counted only once. The word nine is the only number word between one and ten that begins with the letter N, so it is relatively easy for children to recognize.
The number scramble worksheet that comes next gives children practice identifying the number 9. Often the number 6 is confused with the number 9 because both numbers consist of a circle and line. The number 8, with two circles, can also be misleading. So remind your child to look for the circle at the top of the number, followed by a straight line. Your child can touch each number 9 along the path, moving his finger up, down, or across until he reaches the colored square with the 9 inside. After discovering the path, your child can use a pencil to connect each number 9.
The third worksheet provides counting practice. Counting groups of nine can be challenging, especially when the illustrations are smaller in size. Suggest to your child that he mark each picture with his pencil as he counts to keep track of those he has counted. This will reinforce one-to-one correspondence and promote accurate counting.
The fourth worksheet offers a fun cut and paste activity in addition to counting practice. Ask your child to identify the plate that has the number 9 on it. Then allow him to count out 9 of his favorite foods from the pictures on the bottom of the page and paste them on or above the number 9 on the plate. If your child is also familiar with the number 6, he can cut out 6 food items and paste them on the other plate on the worksheet. Remind your child to avoid covering the number when he pastes the food on the plate.
To reinforce the number 9 at home, show your child a tic-tac-toe board. Ask him to count the spaces by writing the numbers from 1 through 9 in each of the boxes. Then have some fun by showing him how to play tic-tac-toe. After the game is over, you can each count how many squares are covered. Then count how many blank squares there are, and explain to your child how those two numbers add up to 9.
You can also demonstrate for your child how the number 9 is made up of 3 groups of 3. To illustrate this point, show your child 1 triangle and let him count the 3 points or sides on it. The add 2 more triangles for a total of 3 triangles and ask your child to count all of the sides or points he sees. You can also show your child a picture of 3 tricycles and ask him to count the total number of wheels on all 3 tricycles.
After your child has completed all of the number 9 worksheets, don’t forget to print the number 9 tracing numbers worksheet. This worksheet will give your child important practice tracing and writing the number 9. This can be a challenging number to write because it consists of both a circle and a straight line, which means there are many direction changes to be made without lifting the pencil. Some children like to think of this number as a balloon on a stick.
Coming next week: The number 10!