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Ten in Bed, and


Use this activity to provide students with practice counting backward. Give each child a paper napkin and ten (or whatever number you wish) teddy bear crackers. Have children fold their napkins up 1/3 of the way to make the bed. Next, children should line up their crackers across the "pillow part" of the bed. Then together say

There were ___ in the bed,
and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over."
Then there were ____."
At that point children can pop one of their crackers into their mouths. Then continue the song. If children prefer, they can simply remove their crackers from the bed and save them for later.


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