# Teach Math with Children’s Photos

I recently wrote about teaching syllables with children’s photos. Today I’m sharing some math activities with children’s photos. Children love to do activities with photos of themselves and their friends.

You can use either color photos laminated to be used multiple times, or you can photocopy a sheet of photos in black and white that can be cut out and glued. (I cut these out for the children in advance.)

Here are three activities to practice math skills with children’s photos.

## Classification with Photos

Children use the photos to classify their classmates into two groups: boys and girls. This is a great activity to use at the beginning of the year as an introduction to classification. You might even want to introduce this at large group time (a.k.a. circle time) and have children put themselves into two groups, with the boys standing on one side of the room and the girls standing on the other. This is a pretty simple activity for 4 year olds, and I’ve never had any get it wrong, so it works great as an introduction. You can either use laminated photos, or have children glue the black and white photocopies on paper. (This also counts as a social studies skill because they are identifying differences in people.)

## Counting with Photos

Have your prekinders practice counting skills by counting out photos. At small group, you could call out a number and have the children in the group count out the photos. Or give them a number card, have them identify the numeral and count out the correct amount of photos. I have several sets of these number cards (like the green one in the picture). I used colored card stock to print the numbers, and then cut and laminated the cards. Each set is printed on a different color and each set has numerals 1-10.

You could also have children make a counting book by gluing photocopied photos on the pages. The pages of the book could go like this (sung to the tune of Ten Little Fingers):

One little,
Two little,
Three little children.
Four little,
Five little,
Six little children.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little children.
Ten little children having fun.

## Patterning with Photos

Have your prekinders make an AB pattern by placing their classmates’ photos in a row of boy, girl, boy, girl. You can also introduce this at large group time by lining the children up in a pattern of boy, girl, boy, girl.

Karen is the founder of PreKinders.com. She also works as a full-time Pre-K teacher in Georgia.

1. Danette Russell says:

Thanks… I love this idea!

2. Marisol says:

Doing it next week. Thanks for sharing!

3. Kristina Parr says:

I just love all your stuff!!!!!!! It’s so awesome! Thank you for sharing!

4. Tiffany says:

I LOVE the idea of using their photos! I am constantly taking photos of the students while they are engaged in activities and sometimes use them for silly art! I have never thought about using them for math or any other area. This is very exciting!!

5. Genny McGlasson says:

Hi Karen,

We use our photos (laminated) to check in everyday and count the kids. We also use the same set of photos for our daily helper jobs. We include pictures of the teachers and assistants in our counting so we can count higher.
We use our photos for many small group activities including reading, A favorite is a book with the ginger bread story repetitive phrase “run, run, as fast as you can, ..you can’t catch me I’m the g.bread girl or boy. We put all the class into a book and the children read it over and over.
Just thought I would share!

6. Anne Dixon says:

I will start taking photos right away! Fun idea! I can use the pics again to make a friendship tree! Anne

7. Belle M. says:

I love the background you used for the photos. Did you make this or is it a bulletin board? I’d appreciate the info.

Thanks!

• Karen Cox says:

Hi! It’s actually a shower curtain I got at Walmart.

8. Joanne Kautz says:

Great I am going to give this a try! Thanks!

9. Carolyn Russell-Smith says:

Hello KarenI I think it is so awesome to include the students pictures.This action on your part allows the child to feel special and that they are part of the whole process. You will get more involvement from students because fhey can connect which makes it personal.Keep up the good work.

Carolyn

10. Michelle J says:

I think you are just amazing! I have been using many of your ideas in my childcare program, and as I am feeling so pleased with how it is all working and the kids are enjoying things, I think of you and how wonderful of you to take the time to share such detailed and organized, and thorough ideas. I plan to get on and shop for some of your TPT products, in part as a thank you for all you do, and in part, well because they are an excellent product.
Thank you very much, for myself and my little charges. Smiles. Ms.Shell

11. Heidi Butkus says:

These are GREAT ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!
Heidi

12. kristi says:

What a great idea! I am going to use pictures from now on when teaching math.

13. Rory Keough says:

Don’t forget graphs! I laminated my photos and stick business card magnets on the back and we make graphs out of everything … Size of family, pets, fav ice creams, etc. … Fun! Love your ideas!

14. salwa says:

hi ,Karen
you are amazing ,thanks for sharing those great ideas; I will use them in my class.Please send more ideas about sorting ,patterning ,classification…….

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16. Jen says:

I’m always blown away by your ideas!!!!
I’m now in the process of working on this and with other objects, too.
I’ve raided my own kids’ toy room for food, tools, cars, etc.
I teach an alternate curriculum and your ideas are always getting me thinking!!!!

17. Darlene Taig says:

Love this idea

18. Lori Vanderwoude says:

Love the idea! Plan on using it in the next few weeks.

19. Anne S. says:

You have the coolest ideas – thank you for sharing!!!

20. Edna Seevatheean says:

hi karen,
its a brillant idea to use photos as a teaching aid. i will definitely use it in class specially with my pupils who are intellectually impaired . hanks for sharing.

21. Jenny says:

Love these! You are truley amazing! I respect you as a teacher, don’t know how you find the time to work and build your website as well as activities! Great accomplishment!