Number Box activity is simple, economical, fun & effective way for preschoolers to learn numbers while developing fine motor skills. This activity was inspired from a pinterest project- to match alphabets. 😀
What you need
- Small cardboard box – reuse packaging box
- Jumbo Craftsticks
- Make holes/slots in your packaging box, well enough to insert the popsicle sticks. – just puncture the box using knife. (Don’t make big holes as found in the picture 😉)
- Write down the numbers on them using markers. You could also use number stickers.
- Write the numbers on your craftstick using permanent markers or use number stickers and stick them onto it.
- Let your LOs push the matching craftstick through the slots.
I marked the numerals & cardinals on one side of the craftstick (1-10, vary depending on your LOs needs) and the corresponding dots on the other side. It let us explore different ways to do this activity.
First, Miss A(almost 3yrs old) matched the numerals – 1 to 1, next we matched numeral to cardinal – 1 to ONE, next we matched the dots to the numerals.. I also gave Miss A a bunch of craftsticks and asked her to place 2 craftsticks in the number 2 slot. She caught the idea and repeated it for all the other numbers.(thats one reason why our slots are too big in the box 😊) Then we placed the craftsticks in the order of 1 to 10 – repeated both sides. So much to do with such a simple activity – hardly takes 10 mins for setup.
You could also do this Box activity with alphabets. Write the alphabets on the box and make slots, stick the alphabet stickers(or write using permanent markers) on the craftsticks. Let your LOs match the alphabets or upper case to lower case..