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?!” fun number games shares our favorite finds from across the web.
Teach kids silly chants to help them remember how to write numbers.
Then, work on a batch of motivating activity sheets.
Print some number playdough mats and trace the numbers with rolled dough. Fun number games get even better with playdough!
Number Concept: What Numbers Really Mean
Write one number on each finger to help kids connect written numbers and counting. // In Lieu of Preschool
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. // Education.com
Need an active way to help kids learn numbers? Hand over an index card and a hole punch and have kids punch away. // Discover Explore Learn
Create number bags kids can explore to study one number at a time. // J Daniel 4s Mom
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. // Classe Granedine
String beads on pipe cleaners to practice number concept. // Krazy in Kinder
Make a life size ten frame with black paper plates. // Two Friends in First
Help kids see different combinations that make ten with a rainbow. // A Cupcake for the Teacher
Grab a Ziploc bag and slide some counters inside to make easy number concept bags showing different combinations that make the same number. // Mrs. T’s First Grade Class
Make DIY teen boards to teach kids about teen numbers. // A Handmade Childhood
Turn a pipe cleaner and bead into an easy sliding number line. // Mrs. T’s First Grade Class
Introduce Odd Todd and Even Steven to teach kids about odd and even numbers. // The First Grade Parade
Or grab a printable version of the Odd Todd and Even Steven posters. // The STEM Laboratory
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. // Math Coach’s Corner
Use paint chips to help kids practice skip counting. Laminate the cards to use them again and again. // A Kentucky Kindergarten
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!)