Encourage your preschooler to learn numbers and practice counting while she improves her hand-eye coordination with this super-fun beanbag toss. Whether you play inside or outside, your child will have a blast tossing her way to number knowledge. It's even more fun to play with a large crowd of friends or family so gather up your loved ones and start playing.
What You Do:
- Help your child create one number on each sheet of construction paper, using stencils. There should be 10 numbers, representing the numbers 1-10.
- Have her color in the numbers using the markers so they are easy to see from a distance.
- Place the numbered sheets of paper on the ground in a hopscotch, or ladder-like shape in ascending order, with larger numbers at the top of the ladder.
- Tape the sheets of paper down so they don't move.
- Place the beanbags on the floor at the base of the number ladder. Time to play!
- Have the participants stand in front of the number ladder. Ask them to name the numbers that they see inside each of the squares.
- Hand the first child a beanbag and ask her to throw it to the highest number that they can. Have her call out the number her beanbag lands on.
- Have her hop on each number counting up to the number her beanbag landed on, pick up her beanbag and hop back, calling out the numbers along the way.
- Continue until all of the kids have a turn.
- For a more challenging game, add more numbers and keep track of who accumulates the most points from landing beanbags on the higher numbers.
Helpful Tip: If you're traveling, skip the paper and markers and just use chalk!