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I think I might have mentioned it before, but my youngest son, C, is in this phase where numbers are interesting, but still a little vague.
He will start counting numbers, but he’ll not always stick to the correct order of things.
To help him along a little, we count things throughout the day.
How many apples we still have, the number of cars waiting for the green light, toes and fingers…you get the idea.
But this gets boring and even my 3-year old seems to think it gets tiresome after a while. Which means that it’s time for a game.
After all, kids learn through play. In fact, everyone learns best through play and it’s fun to boot.
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Counting numbers with Duplo
Once again I decided to resort to my favorite allround educational toy, found in every corner of the planet: Lego Duplo.
Starting with something simple to see how it went, I made a very simple counting numbers worksheet that fit Duplo blocks. To the left are numbers 1 to 5 and to the right the correct number of blocks needs to be added.
Simple, in part because it didn’t take much work to make and in part because the numbers are in order.
Play counting numbers
On a lovely Friday morning, with Q still at school, I sat C down at the big table and we got going.
A gave him the counting numbers worksheet.
And I stacked blocks in different colors in front of him. One stack of just one block. One stack with two blocks, etc.
I pointed to the first number and said “One”. Then I asked him which blocks went with that number and pointed to where he could put the blocks on the sheet.
Then we moved on to number 2. “This is two, which blocks go here?”
I think that the pattern of adding one block on each row helped him recognize how many blocks were needed.
Since that went well, I tried the counting numbers game again, but this time we used blocks of different colors.
Counting numbers supports
Fine motor skills
Lego duplo blocks in various colors
A sheet with the five numbers and square spaces for the blocks
How it’s played
Counting numbers with LEGO duplo is a very simple game and takes little preparation. Your child does need to have some of the basics of counting down already. If it knows 1, 2, 3 then it can probably play this counting numbers game.
Draw the worksheet in a minute (or create is in Word or Excel and print it from your computer).
Collect the numbers of required LEGO duplo blocks and put them in little stacks on the table.
Point to number one and pronounce “one” and ask your child to put the right number of blocks behind it.
And that’s it!
A simple, fun, educational and free game
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