In this activity, your child will learn to recognize numbers by their shape, use sensory clues to identify different shapes and forms and build her shape recognition skills and spatial awareness. She'll also improve her fine motor skills which are especially when it comes to writing. The best part is, she'll get to play in the sand and dig for buried treasure! This is a great learning game to play the next time you visit the beach.
Tell your child that she is going to be digging for treasure. Blindfold her or simply have her closer her eyes and let her know that she will be finding the buried treasure using her senses other than her sight.
Tell her to dig in the sand until she finds a number. Then she will feel the number all over and try to tell you what number she thinks it is based on the shape that she feels.
Ask her to try to identify the shapes and parts that she feels with each number. This will help her to figure out which buried number she has uncovered. For example, an eight is made up of two circles and a four has a triangle in it. See how many numbers she can correctly identify simply based on how they feel.
Optional: To add a bit of fun, bury several play coins in the sand for the children to dig up and count as well.
Adapted with permission from "Learn Every Day About Numbers." Copyright 2009 by Kathy Charner (Editor). Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc. North Carolina. All Rights Reserved.