10 Activities Guaranteed To Get Your Preschooler Started On Numbers

From when you play itsy-bitsy spider ‘just’ one more time, to counting the number of tiny pieces of candy he can have after dinner time, numbers are everywhere and it is important we teach our children that. Begin by writing the numbers in the cupcake liners and have your child put the corresponding number of pompoms in the cupcake liner using tweezers. A simple yet engaging activity helps your child build a colourful blossom garden along with working on their counting and number recognition skill. This simple activity helps reinforce number recognition, counting and pinching of clothespin helps improve fine motor skills. Pipe Cleaner CountingThis math activity is a great way for your child to improve fine motor skills as your child threads beads onto the pipe cleaner numbers. This is a simple invitation to play activity to improve counting skills using play dough, wooden numbers and match sticks. Place wooden numbers on the play dough and ask your child to insert corresponding number of sticks on the ball of numbered play dough.
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Teaching your child numbers starts early. From when you play itsy-bitsy spider ‘just’ one more time, to counting the number of tiny pieces of candy he can have after dinner time, numbers are everywhere and it is important we teach our children that. But every parent knows young minds don’t respond to strict math tutorials but are eager to learn if it involves fun and games! Number recognition activities for toddlers have to be fun and engaging so they are eager to learn maths right from the very beginning. Recognition, counting, and number names are all essential learning in the preschool years. Kidsstoppress brings you 10 ways you and your child can have fun with numbers. These activities are simple, use minimum supplies and are sure to put your child on the right path to learning the 1,2,3s!

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1. Cupcake Liner Counting

This is a fun and simple counting activity you can set up for your toddler using cupcake liners, pom poms and tweezers. Begin by writing the numbers in the cupcake liners and have your child put the corresponding number of pompoms in the cupcake liner using tweezers. Works great for improving number recognition, counting and fine motor skills.

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2. Flowers Counting

Draw stems representing numbers 1 to 10. Write the corresponding numbers on another card. Help your child count the stems, match the numbers to the correct flower card, then put on the pom pom blossoms. A simple yet engaging activity helps your child build a colourful blossom garden along with working on their counting and number recognition skill.

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3. Ice cream Sticks Counting

Number the toilet rolls from 1 to 10. Have your child drop corresponding number of ice cream sticks in the toilet paper rolls. As a variation, you could also help child sort the sticks according to the colours. You could also jumble up the toilet rolls and as your child to arrange them in order. It is a great activity to help your child count out loud, recognize and name numbers.

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4. Trace with Buttons

Print out the number cards and count and place the number of googly eyes/pompoms on the dots. Then  have your child trace the number using buttons. Along with improving number recognition and counting skills, it also helps build concentration and fine motor skills.

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5. Cookie Jar Number Matching

If your child loves cookies, he will be super excited doing this cookie jar number matching game. This Cookie Jar Number Matching activity includes numbers 1-10 and comes in two levels of difficulty. One jar shows numbers and another jar shows number words for children learning to read. Children can count the chocolate chips on each cookie and match it to the correct number or word.  Print these cookie jars and cookies here.

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6. Ladybug Counting

Simply write the numbers from 1 to 10 on the craft sticks. Pin the correct number of ladybug clothespins to the number sticks. This simple activity helps reinforce number recognition, counting and pinching of clothespin helps improve fine motor skills.

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7. Rainy Day Counting

Cut out 10 felt clouds and number them. Cut around 30 pieces of felt raindrops too. Shuffle the number clouds and have your child match the number of raindrops to the number clouds. A perfect rainy day activity to learn your numbers in a fun way.

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8. Pipe Cleaner Counting

This math activity is a great way for your child to improve fine motor skills as your child threads beads onto the pipe cleaner numbers.  Have your child bend and twist the pipe cleaners into the numbers 0-9. Once the pipe cleaners have been shaped into numbers, set out a small bowl of pony beads. Encourage your child to thread corresponding number of beads on each pipe cleaner number. What a fun way to learn your numbers!

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9. Sort and Count Bottles

This simple counting activity hardly costs anything. All you need is few old plastic bottles and pompoms. Write numbers on the bottles and paint different colours on them. Ask your child to sort the pompoms according to the colours and put them in the corresponding numbered bottles. Works on colour recognition, number recognition, counting and sorting skills.

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10. Counting with Play dough

Play dough works wonders to improve sensorial skills of a child. This is a simple invitation to play activity to improve counting skills using play dough, wooden numbers and match sticks. Place wooden numbers on the play dough and ask your child to insert corresponding number of sticks on the ball of numbered play dough. Indeed a fun and engaging activity.

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