Finding good activities to occupy the younger ones, while I work with their older brothers can sometimes be a challenge. So thinking of this simple game using the "big boys' " cards was a winner for me.
Letting Wesley, age 4, be the teacher, gave him a sense of being the older one, instead of always being the LITTLE brother. He looked the part as he was wearing a tie this day. He took his position very seriously and worked patiently with his young sister, Diana, 2.
Wesley flipped one card at a time asking Diana "What number is this?" She knows several of the numbers up to 12, but has a few she needs work on. He carefully traced numbers she didn't know or he held up fingers and had her count them as a way of figuring it out. I didn't give him this idea so I was so pleased to see that he thought of it.