Identifying numbers can be a great learning experience for toddlers. Many a times our kids starts recognizing numbers but skips few in between. And this is absolutely normal as expecting too much at these young age is not right. Give them time and they will learn everything smoothly.
Also sharing some number recognizing activities which i have done with my kiddo to make him learn and engage throughout the day.
CHILDREN LEARN AS THEY PLAY .
MOST IMPORTANTLY IN PLAY , CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO LEARN.
Recognizing Numbers is the first step we should focus on. Later we will work on sequencing them. Sharing some activities which are a great hit at my home.
1. SAND SENSORY ART
Playing with sand is always a hit among kids. Use wet sand to develop pre-writing skills. Its a bit messy but the best way to make kids learn.
My son loves sensory bin activities ,so first preference is that.
- I took a piece of paper, wrote numbers from 1-10. You can ask your kid to trace them or write too.
- Then i asked my son to paint the numbers with glue .
- My son covered the numbers with sand and spread it out.
- He played with the sand and the pebbles for a long time and then picked up the paper and taped it off.
- The sand was still there where he painted with glue!
For younger kids if tracing with glue is not possible them elders can help. Recognition is more important in the first go!!
2. PARKING WITH NUMBERS
This is a fun filled idea to help your little ones practice numbers, especially if they love little cars.
It is really simple idea .
- Draw numbers on some small pieces of paper and stick it on the toy cars/vehicles.
- Ask your little one to pick a car and recite the number on it.
- Or ask them to bring ” Second Number Car” and so on.
- This activity will develop number recognisation skills, gross motor skills, pincer skills with lots of fun.
3. POP !! THE NUMBERS
This sounds interesting , isn’t it? Bubble wrap has always been a fun material for kids we have done painting with it and my son enjoyed it a lot. So now i have decided to use it for teaching numbers.
- I have written numbers and alphabets both in each bubble.
- In order to pop a bubble, my son first has to tell me what’s on the bubble!
- This is really a great practice for recitation and also check the knowledge of your kids.
4. NUMBER TAM-BOLA
My toddler can recite numbers from 1-20 but sometimes he missed 6 in between or mix the number 6 with 9 and vice-versa. Which brought me the thought of playing number tambola.
- I took a thick piece of paper ,wrote numbers on it and placed it on the table upside down. So that only plane sheet appears at the top creating mysterious fun.
- I created a similar ticket as in real tambola and started by picking the cards placed on table one by one.
- He (my son) picked the card with number “5”.
- Luckly number 5 was in our ticket too and we cut it too. We played it same as we play tambola .
- It was really great fun !!
5. PIZZA WITH NUMBER TOPPINGS
My son loves pizza and hence this activity is a hit ! with him. Its very simple and easy.
- You just need 2 papers/ cardboard.
- Draw circle on both the cardboards .
- Write numbers on one and counting dots on the other. That’s all !!
- Match and count in a fun way.
6. COUNTING WHILE PLACING DOTS
Another super simple activity. This activity involves children counting out the value for each number and placing dot stickers in the image drawn on the paper with that number.
- All u need a paper, an image (As Christmas is close i have drawn pictures related to it, you can use any of your choice)
- Number written against each picture.
- Dot stickers and your are good to go !!
7. NUMBER RECOGNITION WITH PLAYING CARDS
We played a number match game with playing cards.
- I sorted out all the cards 2-10 .
- Placed few cards on the table and left the rest for my kiddo .
- Then i asked him to match the other cards . This was really great fun.
- Also he refused to match the same numbers with different colour and made another group for them.
8. HIDE AND SEEK WITH NUMBERS
Pee-ka-Boo is the mostly loved by every kid. Now its the time to play it with numbers.
- I have two sets of number flash cards , so i place one set over the table and hide the other (stick on the wall at several places) somewhere in the room.
- Pointing towards a number I asked my kiddo to find that number and match it with the card lying on the table, giving a little hint to boost there confidence and built interest throughout the play.
- This number hunt activity turned great as super active toddlers loved to run and find numbers. (If flash cards are not available create them by writing numbers on a piece of paper).
9. cOUNTING WITH BLOCKS
Blocks are staple in every household and can be used to play in various ways . I have written different numbers on each block and asked my kid to bring a particular block like “Bring the block with number 4” and he brings saying the number loudly. Later it turned into number pyramid.
10. LEARNING WITH PRINTABLES
There are various bright colorful and theme based printable through which number recognisation and counting can be made more easier. Or it can be made at home with some colorfull pens and paper. I have used Christmas tree counting printables from totschooling .
Hope you like the way I make my child learn . Do share your views !! And try these with yours kids too.