Step by Step: Counting and Number Recognition Activity

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Sunday night I threw together a quick number recognition activity for Nim. I worked with her on it Monday and she loved it! It was simple, inexpensive and turned out to be great practice for counting as well as number recognition.

Step 1: I stuck smiley face stickers representing the numbers 1-10 on blank 3 X 5 index cards. I happened to have the stickers, but even simply drawing circles (or another shape) on the cards would have sufficed.

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Step 2: I shuffled the cards so that they were NOT in numerical order. So, the first thing Nim did was to put the cards in order. She can count from 1-10, but having to think about putting the cards in order, along with making sure that the cards had the right number of stickers was great counting practice.

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Step 3: Once the cards were in order, I let her use a set of number stamps to stamp the correct number on the cards. This is where the number recognition came in – finding the right number stamp to go with each card. If you don’t have number stamps, this could easily be adapted by writing the number on a second set of cards for matching or writing the number on blank stickers or label sheets.

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What games do you and your preschooler enjoy playing for number recognition?

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