Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Math Activity

Clip the Dots – Fine Motor Math Activity

This is a simple math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. Perfect for busy bags. It helps develop fine motor skills, number recognition, one to one correspondence.

What you need

  • Jumbo Craftsticks
  • Clothespin
  • Permanent Marker

How to

  • Write the number and mark the corresponding dots on your craftsticks using permanent markers. You could also use do a dot markers or dot stickers.
  • Let your kids clip the clothespin on the corresponding dots.
  • Let them count the dots and say the corresponding number as they do it.

After they have completed the activity- they can compare the number of clothespin in each stick. You can introduce the concept of greater than and lesser than. If you are taking your busy bag outside and dont want to carry all the 15 clothespin, you could just carry 5. Kids can work on one stick at a time. You could also use pom poms or buttons instead of the clothespin.

I showed Miss A(almost 3yrs) how to do it on one stick & she took it from there. After she clipped the clothespin on the dots, we counted the number of dots on each stick. Its a great way to learn numbers & counting. Miss D(22 months) tried to do it, am pretty sure she understood the concept, but she couldn’t handle the clothespin. Somehow she ended up breaking them everytime 😂  

Your lil ones enjoy the craftstick & clothespin combo? Check out Match the Peg – color sorting busy bag activity.



    Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!!

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