Each child receives a blank cookie board. Children take turns rolling a number cube to determine how many chocolate chips to place on the cookie. One child counts out the chips based on the number rolled and another child counts to make sure it’s the correct number. Then children place the chips on the cookie. Children switch roles and continue until their cookie is filled.

Primary Objective

• Counting out sets of 5 to 10 (or more!) objects
• Counting objects with one-to-one correspondence

How to use

1. First, introduce the activity to the WHOLE GROUP.
2. Then, engage children in the activity in SMALL GROUPS.
3. Once the children are very familiar with the activity, they can play it independently at CENTER TIME with slight modifications.

If most children can create and count sets of up to 10 objects using one-to-one correspondence, they might be ready for Share the Chips.

Materials

• Cookie Game boards (20-chip board—one for each person if modeling with two children)
• Counting chips (round, all the same color)
• Small bowl and plate
• 1-3 dot Number cube (see Summary of Activity Adaptations for other number cube options)
• Cookie Game activity step icons
##### Steps of the activity

The activity steps icons below outline the steps of the activity. Print these icons as cards and share them to help children remember the steps. They’re also a helpful scaffold for children!

Find a sample script for teachers to use here.

Step 1

Child 1 rolls the number cube and tells how many are on top.

Step 2

Child 1 counts out that many counters (chocolate chips) from the bowl and puts them on the paper plate.

Step 3

Child 1 asks Child 2, “Am I right?” Child 2 checks and agrees, if correct.

Step 4

Child 1 puts the counters from the paper plate onto the cookie.

Step 5

Children switch roles and play again, continuing until their cookie is filled.
##### Instructions

Instructions for introducing the activity to the Whole Group.

 Introduce the Activity We’re going to pretend to be bakers and make a very chocolaty cookie by filling it with these chocolate chips! Show children the blank cookie board and the bowl of counters, emphasizing that the counters are the pretend chocolate chips. Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT EASIER Math: use the 20-chip cookie board MAKE IT HARDER Math: use the 50-chip cookie board Model the Activity We’re going to use these pictures to help us remember the steps. Show children the activity step icons.   Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT HARDER EF: omit the activity step icons and related text in each step below. First, I roll the cube and say how many are (or which number is) on the top of the cube. This will tell us how many chocolate chips we need for our cookie recipe! Point to the first activity step icon card. Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT EASIER Math & EF: use a dot cube with only 1-2 or 1-3 dots repeated on the faces. MAKE IT HARDER Math & EF: use more challenging cubes. In order of increasing difficulty: 1-6 dot cube, 1-6 numeral cube, 5-10 number cube, two dot cubes, one numeral cube and one dot cube, or two numeral cubes. I rolled [number]. What do we do first? Roll the number cube and say the number on top. Encourage children to tell you the first step. Then, I count that many chocolate chips from my bowl and put them on my plate. I’m going to make sure I stop when I get to [number on top of the rolled cube] because that’s how many we need for our recipe. Point to the second activity step icon card. Count out the correct number of counters from the bowl and place them on the plate. Next, I turn to my partner and ask, “Am I right?” My partner looks at the cube, then counts the chips on my plate and tells me if I am right. We work together to fix it if we need to. Point to the third activity step icon card. Model how the partner will count to check the number of chips. If you have another adult available, it can be helpful to have them pretend to be the partner. Next, I put the chips from the plate onto my cookie. I put one chocolate chip on each of the spaces on the cookie. Point to the fourth activity step icon card. Place the chips on the cookie board. Now we switch turns! Point to the last step icon card.

Explore The Executive Function And Math Skills In This Activity

Math Learning Trajectories
• Counting level
##### What to do next

Are some students ready for more challenge? Try the adaptations provided above. Want even more challenge? For children who are already comfortably counting sets of 10 or more objects with consistent one-to-one correspondence and are beginning to learn number combinations, introduce the Share the Chips version. On another day, do the activity in Small Group .

If most children can create and count sets of up to 10 objects using one-to-one correspondence, they might be ready for Share the Chips.

Materials

• Cookie Game boards (one for each child)
• Counting chips (all the same color, enough for 20-50 chips for each child depending on the Cookie Game board used)
• Small bowls and plates (one of each for each pair of children)
• Number cubes (at least one cube for each pair of children; see Summary of Activity Adaptations for other number cube options)
• 1-3 dot cube
• Cookie Game activity step icons (one set for each pair of children)
• Cookie Game role cards (one set for each pair of children)
• Think-Pair-Share cards
##### Steps of the activity

For Small Groups, we suggest four children arranged in pairs of two with a teacher present to provide guidance.

The activity steps icons below outline the steps of the activity. Print these icons as cards and share them to help children remember the steps. They’re also a helpful scaffold for children!

Find a sample script for teachers to use here.

Step 1

Child 1 rolls the number cube and tells how many are on top.

Step 2

Child 1 counts out that many counters (chocolate chips) from the bowl and puts them on the paper plate.

Step 3

Child 1 asks Child 2, “Am I right?” Child 2 checks and agrees, if correct.

Step 4

Child 1 puts the counters from the paper plate onto the cookie.

Step 5

Children switch roles and play again, continuing until their cookie is filled.
##### Instructions

Instructions for introducing the activity to the Small Group .

Explore The Executive Function And Math Skills In This Activity

Math Learning Trajectories
• Counting levels
##### What to do next

Do some students need more support or more challenge? Try the adaptations provided above for Small Group. Continue working in Small Groups with teacher support until students can comfortably play with minimal teacher guidance. Then have students practice the activity independently in Center. For children who are already comfortably counting sets of 10 or more objects with consistent one-to-one correspondence and are beginning to learn number combinations, introduce the Share the Chips version.

Did some of your students play Share the Chips in a Small Group? If so, they should also play that version during Center. Don’t forget, children should play One Big Cookie in Small Group before playing in Center!

Materials

• Cookie Game boards (one for each child)
• Counting chips (all the same color, enough for 20-50 chips for each child depending on the Cookie Game board used)
• Small bowls and plates (one of each for each pair of children)
• Number cubes (at least one cube for each pair of children; see Summary of Activity Adaptations for other number cube options)
• 1-3 dot cube
• Cookie Game activity step icons (one set for each pair of children)
• Cookie Game role cards (one set for each pair of children)
##### Steps of the activity

The activity steps icons below outline the steps of the activity. Print these icons as cards and share them to help children remember the steps. They’re also a helpful scaffold for children!

Find a sample script for teachers to use here.

Step 1

Child 1 rolls the number cube and tells how many are on top.

Step 2

Child 1 counts out that many counters (chocolate chips) from the bowl and puts them on the paper plate.

Step 3

Child 1 asks Child 2, “Am I right?” Child 2 checks and agrees, if correct.

Step 4

Child 1 puts the counters from the paper plate onto the cookie.

Step 5

Children switch roles and play again, continuing until their cookie is filled.
##### Instructions

Instructions for introducing the activity to the Center.

 Review the Activity Today, the Cookie Game we’ve been playing together will be at [name] Center! Tell students that the activity will be in Centers to play on their own. Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT EASIER Math: use the 20-chip cookie board. Math & EF: use a dot cube with only 1-2 or 1-3 dots repeated on the faces. If children are struggling, consider having pairs work together on a single cookie. One rolls the cube and counts chips, the other produces the set of chips; they both count to check and place the chips on the cookie. MAKE IT HARDER Math: use the 50-chip cookie board. Math & EF: use more challenging cubes. In order of increasing difficulty: 1-6 dot cube, 1-6 numeral cube, 5-10 number cube, two dot cubes, one numeral cube and one dot cube, or two numeral cubes. You will have picture cards to help you remember how to play and to remind you whether you are the roller and counter or the checker. Display the activity step icons and role cards. Time to Play! Let’s remind ourselves how to play the game! Review the steps of the activity while referencing the activity step icons and role cards. Adjust the Challenge MAKE IT EASIER EF: use the role cards or the activity step icons. MAKE IT HARDER EF: omit the role cards or the activity step icons.

Explore The Executive Function And Math Skills In This Activity

Math Learning Trajectories
• Counting levels
##### What to do next

Keep playing this activity in Centers throughout the year. Students who played the One Big Cookie version may switch to the Share the Chips version once they’ve been introduced to it in Small Group, can comfortably count sets of 10 or more objects with consistent one-to-one correspondence, and are beginning to learn number combinations. Do some students need more support or more challenge? Try the adaptations provided above for Centers.

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