Numbers and opportunities for counting are all around us. Each and every day we are seeing numbers or using counting in order to get through our often very busy days.
Numbers can be fun to learn – especially for children since it is something new for them.
In this article we will take a few minutes to learn about numbers and simple, effective ways to teach them to children and preschoolers.
How to Get Children Familiar With Numbers:
Keep a collection of old newspapers, retail store flyers, grocery store flyers and old magazines around. (Keeping old magazines and newspapers can be a great resource for parents and teachers.) Start out by providing each child with an old magazine or newspaper/flyer.
Have each child look through their magazines or newspapers and cut out (using blunt ended child safe scissors) all the numbers they can find (or anything that they think is a number).
You can then have them paste their collection of numbers onto a piece of construction paper to create their own ‘Number Collage.’
This helps children to recognize and become familiar with numbers.
Number Flashcards for Kids:
Want to get your children thinking and recognizing ‘Numbers’? Of course you do. An effective way to get children thinking about numbers is to make ‘Number Flashcards.’
You can make flashcards using juice lid containers. Draw out the numbers 1-10 or higher on a piece of paper or construction paper depending on the children’s level of learning.
Make the numbers big and bold and easy to read. Under the number you could draw a ‘dot’ or other simple image that will fit under the number to represent the value of that particular number being discussed.
For Example: The number 4 would be above and have ‘four’ black dots under it, etc.
Another Variation of these Number Flashcards:
You have to think creatively when coming up with new interesting ideas for teaching kids.
Another variation of these ‘Number Flashcards’ would be to simply put Numbers and ‘dots’ on the one side of the flashcards and on the other side put the number and below it put the spelling of the number.
For example: ‘5’ and below it you would put ‘Five.’
These are just a few simple ways to get your children familiar with and learning about numbers.
Remember, keep it simple, have fun, and expand on what the children show an interest in. This will ensure that they are interested in what you are planning and it will also mean easy programing for you.
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