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Staying Screen Free: Numbers Activity Box

Staying Screen Free: Numbers Activity Box

Not all children have a natural love of numbers and Math. Here at Creative QT we understand that it is unrealistic to expect all children to want to sit down and willingly learn Math. So why not make it exciting and enticing. We put together a fun Numbers Activity Box as part of our Screen Free Travel Month.

Materials:

  • Number sequencing sticks (large craft sticks with numbers 1-10 written on in permanent marker, with one number left blank)
  • Number pegs (clothes pegs with numbers 1-10 written on using permanent marker)
  • Hole punch cards (coloured paper or card, with a number written on in black marker)
  • Single hole punch
  • Number writing strips (coloured card with number stickers 1-5 and 6-10, dry erase tape stuck underneath)
  • Whiteboard marker

We had our little activity box tester take a look at this box. It must be said, he is not a huge number fan (as his initial reaction tells you!), but it is amazing what some new materials to explore can do! Let's see how the activities went.

1. Number Sequencing Sticks

There are ten large craft sticks, each with a 1-10 sequence of numbers written on. Each stick has a different number missing. The challenge is to identify the missing number in the sequence and attach the correct number peg. Our tester loved using the number pegs. The fine motor control require acted as a distraction and the little guy didn't even realise he was working so hard on his numbers! He lined up all of the pegs in order and worked his way through the sequence sticks. Oh and of course he enjoyed some post number-work construction with the materials!

2. Number Punching

Children are fascinated by hole punchers. This simple activity encourages them to use their fine motor and counting skills. Each coloured card has a number on it and the child has to punch the corresponding number of holes. You can add an extra challenge by asking the child to make sure no holes overlap. Our little hole punch addict could not stop doing this activity, so fascinated with where the missing paper was going!

3. Wipe Clean Number Writing

This is the simplest of the three activities but the novelty of being able to wipe clean the numbers makes it a little more enticing. The aim is to work on developing your child's number writing skills as they copy the number stickers. If you have younger children you can always write the numbers and ask them to trace over the numbers in a different colour. For older children you could write higher numbers than 1-10. It is important to give lots of praise to help build writing confidence. However, don't be afraid to help your child correct a mistake. If they do not write the number correctly make the process of erasing their effort exciting and offer positive encouragement as they attempt it again.

We hope that you can see how engaging these simple activities are. Taking an activity box along on your travels is such a great way to Make Time Together and support your child's learning.

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Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.

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