I’ve been working with my daughter to help her improve her number recognition skills. She can count just fine but when it comes to identifying all of the numbers that’s where she needs some help. I wanted to make practicing fun and not feel like I was pressuring her. So I told her that we should play a few a games.
The first game we played using Mead Colors, Shapes, & Numbers Flashcards. I took out the numbers 1-10 for us to work on together. On the front of the cards are pictures of objects and on the back of the cards are the numeral and the number word and name of the objects. I laid out the cards picture side up and then took some other cards that I made by just writing the numerals on an index card and had her match them to the pictures.
The other game we played was counting out goldfish crackers to match a number card. I placed the index cards that I had numbers written on in a muffin tin. I only did numbers 1-5 to get her acquainted with the idea of how to play. I did give her the exact amount of goldfish required to complete the task. Eventually, I’ll just give her a bowl full of them and have her figure it out, but for now I’ll stick to the exact number needed.
I’m thinking that later in the week we can make a number book. I’ll print out one number on each page and give her stickers or small, flat objects to glue onto each page. No matter what activity we do I always make sure to have her trace the numbers with her finger to help put it in her mind. She does it without even thinking about it now.
What kinds of things do you do with your kids to help them with their numbers? I’d love to hear any suggestions you might have.