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Dot the Numbers – Preschool Math

Dot the Numbers is a simple math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. It helps develop number recognition, color recognition and fine motor skills. You can customize this activity for any number series you are working with.

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What you need

  • Paper
  • Color coding labels
  • Marker

How to

  • Jumble and write numbers on the paper. Choose 4 to 5 numbers.
  • On the bottom of the paper write the numbers and stick one color label for each.
  • Let your LOs identify each number, say it out loud and stick the appropriate label on it.
  • You can also use “do a dot marker” to dot the numbers.

I presented this activity to Miss D(3) today morning and told her what to do with it. She did two sheets – one with numbers 6-9 and the other with 11-14. She did the 6-9 in a breeze. Named the number, color, pointed out the numbers among the jumble and put the appropriate stickers on them. She finished one number at a time(all 7’s) and then moved on to the next.When it came to 11-14, she needed some help naming the number, then did the rest by herself – pointing & naming the number, color and place the matching stickers on it. She made sure the labels covered the numbers entirely. I could say she was so proud of herself when she was done. πŸ˜€

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Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Learning Alphabets, Math Activity, Patterning, Shapes & Colors, Sorting Activity

Velcro Craftsticks

I made these Velcro Craftsticks a year back (realized it when i was looking at the post, to reblog πŸ˜‰). We took it out recently and my 3 &4 year old simply love creating with it. They make shapes, build structures like house, boat, create patterns, form alphabets, numbers, sort by colors and use it for counting. The best part – they don’t need me when they play with it πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š.This has been one of our favourite quiet activity in shelf this month – i had to make more of these. Very easy to make and so much fun to learn with.

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Simple DIYs - Kids Activities

Velcro Craftsticks is a simple & inexpensive Diy I came across on Pinterest. It takes less than 10 mins to set up and keeps your LOs busy for a while.. Also a creative way to learn shapes, numbers, colors, alphabets & patterns..


What you need

  • Jumbo Colored Craftsticks
  • Velcro dot stickers

How to

  • Each velcro pair is made of a fuzzy side and a rough side. For one craftstick you will need two pairs of velcro dots.
  • Take a craftstick and stick the fuzzy side of the velcro dots on the both the ends.
  • Turn the craftstick over and stick the rough side of the velcro dots on both the ends.
  • Repeat this for as many craftsticks you want.
  • Your craftsticks are now ready to play with. Let your kids unleash their creativity.


If you dont have the jumbo craftsticks, you could use regular ones- just cut your velcro dots…

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Noodle Threading – Fine Motor Math activityΒ 

Noodle Threading activity provides different ways to keep your little ones busy while allowing them to practice fine motor skills, number recognition, and pattern sequencing.

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What you need

  • Pool Noodle
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Lace

How to

  • Cut the pool noodle into 1 inch pieces using sharp knife.
  • Write the numbers on them using markers.
  • Knot a small noodle slice on one end of the lace so that the numbered slices doesnt slide out when kids thread them in.
  • Give the lace and numbered slices to your LOs. Let them thread the numbered slices in numerical order.

We were working on 1-20 sequence when doing this activity.
Miss A (was 3.5 yrs) arranged the noodle slices in numerical order and then threaded them in. Miss D(was 2.5 yrs) wasn’t really interested in the numbers. She did learn some numbers (1-5) but was more into threading the noodles in and playing around with it. Later, they both kept running around with their noodle train. It was very exciting for D. Some learning and some fun..πŸ˜€πŸ˜€You can also prepare sequencing cards for kids to follow the number pattern (odd numbers, even numbers, reverse order and so on). You could also use different color noodles for color recognition & patterning activities.

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    Pool Noodle Boats – Water Play

    My kids love playing with water. Pool noodle boats are easy to make and can be added to bath tub or water table for fun water play. I came across this activity during winter and was waiting for summer to try it out. Finally made it last Sunday.

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    What you need

    • Pool Noodle
    • Knife
    • Scissors
    • Straw
    • Foam sheets
    • Hole punch
    • Marker

    How to

    • Cut the pool noodle into 1-2 inch slices. These are your boats.
    • Cut the foam sheets into triangles. These are your sails. Older kids can cut & decorate sails by themselves.
    • Fold the sail, use holepunch to make hole for the straw.
    • Cut the plastic straw and insert into the holes then into boats. You might need to make a hole using wooden dowel before you insert the straw in the boat.
    • I wrote numbers on the sails for some learning fun.

    Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5)were very excited to play with the boats. They took the sails apart from the boat and tried to put it in all by themselves. Later, squirt guns were put into action. A tried to squirt pointing at the boats in the water.

    We then took our boats to the slide. Placed one boat at a time and squirted it all the way down using squirt guns. A & D enjoyed this equally.
    Then it was race time. I placed two boats on the slide, D poured a cup of water to see which boat slides down first. A used the boats as scrubs to clean the slide and get it ready for the next race. While having fun they also got to work on their number recognition skills. Everytime a boat won the race, they would say which number boat won – “boat 7 wins mummy”

    This activity was so much fun. An hour of water play after which we were all wet and hungry and had to wrap up. That was one fun Sunday morning!! πŸ˜€

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    Number Match Wheel – Preschool Math

    Number Match Wheel is a very simple math activity for preschoolers which helps develop number recognition, counting, number order, concentration & fine motor skills.

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    What you need

    • Cardstock or cardboard – i used empty cereal box
    • Markers
    • Scissors 
    • Clothespin
    • Permanent Marker

    How to

    • Flatten the cereal box and cut out a circle.
    • Divide it into ten sections.
    • Mark dots on each section to represent a number. I did 1 to 10.
    • Write the corresponding numbers on the clothespin.
    • Let your LOs count the dots on each section and match the clothespin to it.

    Miss A (3.5 yrs) did it with ease. She counted the first five segments and then understood that it follows numerical order, and then just pinned the numbers without counting the dots. 😜 If you think your kids will do the same, you can jumble the order or use higher sequence. Then, I pointed a segment, she counted the dots on it and matched the clothespin. That way she counted all the segments. Miss D (2.5 yrs) counted the dots upto 3 by herself, but needed help with matching the number on the clothespin.πŸ˜€

    Other things we did

    • Jumbled the clothespin & ordered them in numerical sequence.
    • Spoke about which part of the wheel has the most dots and which one has the least.
    • Spoke about how number 1 is smallest and number 10 is biggest in the sequence 1-10.
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    Find the Missing Number – Fine Motor Math Activity

    Find the Missing Number activity is easy to set up and can be used to practice any number sequence depending on your kids ability. It helps develop number recognition & counting from a random place. You could also use this method to practice skip counting. Came across this activity on facebook (it was a video in fb ads – don’t remember which page) and tried it out.

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    What you need 

    • Clothespin
    • Craftstick
    • Marker

    How to

    • Write the number sequence on the craftstick – underline or leave blank space to indicate the missing number.
    • Write the missing number on the clothespin.

    Miss A(3.5 yrs) first thought she had to match the numbers on the clothespin to craftstick. Then, I showed her how to pick one craftstick at a time, go through the number sequence, check what number is not there and pick the matching clothespin to clip in the blanks. I did one with her, and she finished the rest in a breeze. She did repeat it once upon request (so mummy could take pictures πŸ˜‰). We should start working on higher number sequence.

    Posted in Caterpillar Crafts & Activities, Counting Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learn Numbers, Learn your name, Learning Alphabets, Math Activity, Patterning, Shapes & Colors, Sorting Activity, Spring Craft & Activities

    Caterpillar Theme Math & Literacy Activities – Toddlers & Preschoolers

    With just one week for spring, here are few caterpillar themed learning activities which we’ve been doing. Try it with your LOs. 

    Name Caterpillar – name recognition

    Cut out circles from construction paper and write your kids name on it. Use a white circle to make smiley face. Let your LOs glue them on to form their name to make a name caterpillar. For kids who dont know their name order yet, write it down on a piece if paper to help them pick the correct alphabet order. We laminated our work, and extended the activity – Write the name on round labels and let your kids match it to the caterpillar. Miss A(3yrs) and Miss D(2yrs) loved this activity. I left it on their shelf and every now and then they would ask me for more labels to match up.

    Number Caterpillar – number recognition, number order

    I printed out this template, wrote numbers on round labels and gave it to my LOs. They matched the numbers and put the labels on it. Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) did this activity when mommy was getting the lunch ready πŸ˜€

    Counting Caterpillar –number recognition, counting, one to one correspondence

    Print the above template, let your LOs use any math manipulatives and count with it. We used cubes. You could also do this with Pompoms, playdough, dot markers, stickers, finger paint, or color with crayons. This activity was a great exercise for Miss A(3yrs) to practice counting and develop number recognition. Whereas for Miss D(2yrs) it was about one to one correspondence – she was trying to place one block per circle.

    Shapes Caterpillar –shapes & color recognition 

    Cut out shapes from felt. On a cardstock, trace the shapes to make a shapes caterpillar. Stick the velcro dot stickers on the cardstock and on the felt pieces. Let your LOs match the shapes.Miss A(3yrs) and Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity a lot. This was their most favourite of all. A would name the color and shape before placing it. D is learning the names of shapes, but she would match them perfectly. I put it up on our wall (using painters tape) – they do it every now and then.

    Color Sorting Caterpillar – color recognition 

    Cut circles from construction paper. Let your LOs glue them onto a paper to make a colorful caterpillar. Once done, draw legs, face and antennae. Give some pompoms to them to color match on the caterpillar. Thanks to our blogger friend joyful parenting for this cute idea πŸ˜€. Miss A (3yrs) enjoyed the gluing part, and was excited when i drew legs, face, antennae and laminated it for her. She was not very keen on the color sorting part mainly because she knows basic colors by now. Although she did it once – picking up the pompoms using tongs and placing them on the corresponding colors. Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity a lot. She had fun gluing and more fun color sorting. She kept repeating it for a while picking the pompoms using spatula and matching it to the caterpillar.

    Patterns Caterpillar – patterning skills


    Print out a plain caterpillar template. Or draw a caterpillar. Laminate for reuse. I used round color coding labels to make patterns (AB & ABC patterns) before laminating. Leave some empty spaces to let your LOs find out what comes next. Miss A(3yrs) was able to do these simple patterns with some help. She liked using the acrylic leaves for this activity.