An Evening Frolic

Numbers are everywhere!! Turn a stroll around the neighborhood at night into a counting extravaganza with Crayola® Gel Markers and black paper.

  • 1.

    Read selected parts of The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka aloud. Talk about what it would be like to see numbers and counting everywhere. Ask if anyone has ever felt that way about counting.

  • 2.

    Assign an evening walk with an adult (a walk at night limits possibilities and makes it easier, with less to count) and review all the things that one might see as one walks: things in nature, things made by humans, etc. Come up with some categories, both broad and narrow to stimulate observation. Ask the students to record the numbers for their visual illustration of the walk.

  • 3.

    On a piece of black construction paper, encourage the students to represent the things that they saw on their walk in a correct number count and a visually pleasing way, such as using Crayola® Gel Markers. Discuss how one might depict something that can’t be easily counted like the stars or blades of grass.

  • 4.

    Display the pictures. As a class, begin to tabulate the numbers in different ways in different categories. Put the categories into number sequences.


  • MATH: Know number names and the count sequence.
  • MATH: Count to tell the number of objects.
  • MATH: Compare numbers.
  • MATH: Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.
  • VA: Creative thinking and artmaking skills transfer to many aspects of life.
  • VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.


  • Designate a “Math Curse” week in the classroom. Number everything, set goals and challenges for students to count the most number of things or label what is counted most often. Play counting games, make counting crafts, eat counting snacks, maybe even get a visit from “The Count” on Sesame Street.
  • Using the tune from a favorite counting song, change the words to reflect the students’ evening walk experiences.
  • Talk about what’s out at night like nocturnal animals, night-blooming plants, people who work at night.