This activity provides a fun way for your child to practice her counting and number recognition skills. The materials are easy for you to make yourself, and they'll provide hours of fun and essential learning.
What You Do:
- With the sticks placed vertically, number each stick from 1 to 10 in bold, black letters. Then, on the remaining ten sticks, make designs using different shapes and colors. You can draw hearts, circles, squares, fish, etc. Just make sure that the number of shapes on each stick matches the numbers in the other set. For example, on one stick you may have one circle, on the next, two hearts, then three stars, and on until you get to ten.
- When the sticks are all ready, mix them up and give them to your child. Encourage her to pair the numbered sticks with their matching counterparts.
After she's matched up all the sticks, challenge her to take a look at the different shapes. Can she name the shapes on all the different sticks?
Adapted with permission from "Do Touch: Instant, Easy, Hands-On Learning Experiences for Young Children." Copyright 1989 by LaBritta Gilbert. Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.