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The Number 8

In this video all about the number 8, Skylar and Henry explore the meaning of the number 8. However, they are missing some information! They learn how to spell the number 8, look at pictures of the number 8, and find out facts about the number 8. Take a look below to learn more about the number 8 meaning.

What does the number 8 mean?

Let’s learn more facts on the number eight and how to write it with the following explanation. When someone talks about the number eight, they are talking about the number of things that you have. What does the number 8 represent? That there are eight items in a group!

How to draw the number 8

The number eight looks like two circles stacked on top of each other… or a snowman! To write the number eight, start at the top line and pretend that you are drawing the letter ‘S’. Instead of stopping there, connect the ‘S’ line back to the top. Can you trace the number 8 with the video?

How do you spell the number 8? The number eight is spelled ‘E’ ‘I’ ‘G’ ‘H’ ‘T’!

Want to learn more about the number 8? On this website, you can also find worksheets and exercises where you can find the number 8 so that you can say, “ I can show the number 8!”

Transcript The Number 8

Let's make room for "The Number EIGHT" "What's the number EIGHT anyway?" Today we will learn about the number EIGHT. When someone says there are EIGHT things, they are talking about the number of objects. "Like that EIGHT legged spider?" "Or my EIGHT magic EIGHT balls?" That's right, Skylar and Henry. Those are GREAT examples of the number EIGHT. Can you see any other examples of the number EIGHT in Henry and Skylar's room? There is a pack of EIGHT crayons on the desk! Is there another example of the number EIGHT? There are EIGHT trophies on the shelf! What does the number EIGHT look like? (pause for think time) Skylar and Henry both have the number EIGHT on their tee-shirts! The number eight looks like one circle on top of another or a snowman! How do you write the number eight? To write the number eight, we need to start at the very top line, and pretend we are drawing the letter , but instead of stopping at the end, we keep going back to connect at the top! Let's practice drawing the number eight! Put your finger in the air and trace it with us! Now THAT is a great looking eight, thanks for helping! Can you tap your feet EIGHT times? Let's tap EIGHT together, ready, go! One. Today we learnt all about the number EIGHT. We learnt about objects in sets of EIGHT, the number EIGHT, and how to write it! Up for a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the EIGHT tentacled octopus, an EIGHT sided stop sign, and the EIGHTH day of the month hidden in the room! Comment below when you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the next number the number NINE!

The Number 8 exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video The Number 8.
  • How do we spell the number 8.


    Look carefully at Skylar and Henry's tops. They spell the number 8!

    When you sound out the number 8, eigh is making the long a sound.

    Say the number 8 out loud. What sound do you hear at the end? Don't forget to add the final /t/ sound when spelling the number 8.


    The number 8 is spelled E-I-G-H-T: eight.

  • Locate the groups of eight objects.


    This picture shows a group of 8 spiders.

    A group of 8 can be made in different ways; it might be one large group, 2 groups of 4, or a group of 5 and 3.

    When someone says there are eight things, they are talking about the number of objects.


    In the bedroom, there are many groups of 8 objects!

    You can see:

    • 8 books on the desk
    • 8 stuffed animals on the bed
    • 8 cars in the cube shelving
    • 8 fish in the tank
    Can you spot the number 8 on the calendar, too?

  • Arrange the numbers 0-10 on a number line.


    Look carefully at the top of the wall in the bedroom. Can you use the number line to help you?

    The number 8 comes after the number 7 and before the number 9.


    A number line is labelled the same way that we count: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.

    Can you find the number 8 on this number line? It is between 7 and 9.

  • What does each number look like on the dice?


    Use the number line from Henry and Skylar's room to help you count.

    When you count dice, be sure to count ALL of the dots together to find the total. This picture shows you 8 total dots between the two dice.


    To match each number correctly to the dice, count the total number of black dots. Remember, we count: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.

  • Choose the image that represents eight.


    The number eight looks like a snowman, or two circles stacked on top of one another.

    This picture shows how to write the digit 8. There are also 8 green dots in the tens frame. Put your finger on each dot and practise counting.


    Here is the number 8 as the digit and on a domino.

    Practise writing the number 8. Put your finger on the top and trace around like you are writing the letter S. At the bottom, keep tracing up and continue to connect the lines.

    If that feels tricky, try tracing one circle from the top line to the middle line, and another circle underneath it from the middle line to the bottom line.

  • How many are there?


    Don't forget - number lines can be very helpful when counting! Use this tool to complete the task.

    Each number should have a picture of fingers, base ten blocks and a tens frame with dots.

    Assign three images to each number.


    Whether you are counting fingers, base 10 blocks, or dots on a tens frame, you count in the same way: