Activities for ages 3 to 5.
Hands-on number games are a great way to help kids learn how to read, write and understand numbers. This list of 20 “why didn’t I think of that?!” number games shares our favorite finds from across the web.
Teach kids silly chants to help them remember how to write numbers.
Print some free number playdough mats.
Number Concept: What Numbers Really Mean
Write one number on each finger to help kids connect written numbers and counting.
Cut out a square from a manila envelope, slide a jumbo-sized number inside and have kids guess what’s inside. Such a fun way to have kids explore what numbers look like.
Need an active way to help kids learn numbers? Hand over an index card and a hole punch and have kids punch away.
Create number bags kids can explore to study one number at a time.
Whip up a batch of number trail mix.
Swap out Guess Who? faces for numbers and have kids guess their way to figuring out the right number.
String beads on pipe cleaners to practice number concept.
Make a life size ten frame with black paper plates.
Help kids see different combinations that make ten with a rainbow.
Grab a Ziploc bag and slide some counters inside to make easy number concept bags showing different combinations that make the same number.
Make DIY teen boards to teach kids about teen numbers.
Turn a pipe cleaner and bead into an easy sliding number line.
Introduce Odd Todd and Even Steven to teach kids about odd and even numbers.
Teach kids how to count by tens by making two copies of a hundreds chart – one on white paper and one on colored. Cut the colored paper into strips children can use to highlight one counting by ten column at a time.
Use paint chips to help kids practice skip counting. Laminate the cards to use them again and again.
Make a ten more-ten less number cross to show kids how numbers are connected.
Number Activity Pack
For even more fun, check out our Number Formation Pack filled with fun ways to practice number writing and number concept. (Including these activity sheets!)