Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Homemade Number Boards for Toddlers and Preschoolers
I took some craft foam sheets I had and created these “boards”. We play with them occasionally to keep our numbers in our head and not lose them over the summer break.
All I did was draw little circles with markers on the sheets and the corresponding number.
I bought some decorative glass stones at the dollar store. They work great because the backs are flat. I have seen a lot of these kinds of activities all over the internet in different ways, so I don’t really know who to send some credit out to.
I did one large sheet like a bar graph from 1 to 10.
I also did smaller rectangles with individual numbers on them.
While Charley is sleeping, Cole and Little Man have been playing with these. It is great for Cole to reinforce his numbers and get him acquainted with charts and graphs. It is great for Little Man to work on his pincher grasp (something he cannot do very well) and hand-eye coordination. When guided he tries to put the stone in the circle.
When left to just explore, Little Man will just place as many as he can on one small sheet. He also liked to stack the small sheets up.
This is a great activity for these kids at different levels to do. I just had to watch Little Man very closely because he kept trying to put the glass stones in his mouth. The stones did provide a great sensory experience, though. They have a smooth feel, are hard, and are cool to the touch. Little Man loved this activity and we have done it over and over again.
Labels: Crafts and Activities