Winner of a 5-7 Practical Pre-School Gold Award 2011 (5-7 Toys and Games Category)
To help children really understand the concept of zero and its importance in the number system. With Zachary and friends, children can explore the common misconceptions and understand the concept of zero, and can decide once and for all if zero is something or nothing! Zero is too often referred to as nothing when in fact, it is actually a starting point for many things and has great value in real-life situations such as money, time, temperature, measuring and counting etc.
These three beautiful fabric puppets can be used individually or together to help children really grasp the value of zero.
Zachary represents the zero in 10s numbers, Zita his sidekick flies in to help Zachary when they count up to 100 and Numero the Dog can be used either with Zachary by himself or with both Zachary and Zita. Any digit between 0 to 9 can be placed on Numero's tummy so he can be placed next to Zachary and/or Zita. There are lots of activities that can be followed, for example:
Birthday Calendar - which month has the smallest number of birthdays? Which month would Zachary Zero like? Why? (Emphasise the months with zero numbers of birthdays).
Zachary Zero Superhero space on the classroom floor - a large zero for children to 'spotlight' in when they are celebrating awards or success in mathematics or explaining a strategy/method. The large zero acts as a reminder that without zero, mathematics would be very hard!
How many times have you...? Present situations to children where they have yet to experience something so their answer will be zero and the puppet(s) can make an appearance. Can children compose their own questions where zero will be the answer?
Suitable for KS1 pupils with extension activities for lower KS2 pupils.
Engage children with the puppets early on so that they look forward to the characters visiting the classroom and the activities that surround them and really help them grasp the concept of zero from the start! This beautiful pack of fabric puppets will really engage children, and will help you demonstrate that, on its own, zero means nothing. But when Zachary is with his friends, Numero and Zita, he is worth a huge amount!
3x puppets (H26.5c x W22cm)
velcro numbers 0-9
activities and notes
a soft felt carry bag.
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