one of the best things about blogging is the amazing and diverse group of women that i've had the pleasure of virtually meeting. Debs from Learn with Play at Home is one of those women. she's so kind and so amazingly talented when it comes to creating activities and invitations to play for her kiddos. i could list out soooo many of her posts that are my favorites. but these are the best to me: Water Bottle Fountain, Catalogue Number Find, Duplo Number Card Activities and Printables.
Today, we've combined 2 of our favourite play items and learning manipulatives, play dough and pompoms.
Together, they provide a squishy, sensory experience that is perfect for little hands that are learning about the world around them and practicing and developing their fine motor skills.
See how you can help your child practice their number recognition, counting and one-to-one correspondence with this fun, quick and simple activity.
This activity is suitable for children aged 2+
(please be sure to supervise any children who may still be inclined to put thing in their mouths)
Materials: You will need playdough, pompoms, rolling pin and pencil.
Roll out your playdough and using the pencil, draw (or have your child draw) a number as shown above.
Have your child identify the number. Talk about the number and ask questions. Where have you seen it before? What does it represent? Is it larger or smaller than...? etc
Using the end of the pencil, you or your child (depending on their level) can poke the corresponding number of holes in the playdough.
Using pompoms, have your child cover the line of the number to consolidate the recognition of it's shape.
Using fingers to practice the pincer grip or tweezers for fine motor practice
Have your child place 1 pompom on each hole and count as you go.
For older children, try larger numbers and as they place each pompom on the holes, ask them how many pompoms there are and how many more they will need. This starts to help children see the relationship between numbers. eg. In the demonstration above, there is 1 pompom and you need 5 more. 2 pompoms and you need 4 more... etc.
Use this same activity to help learn your name or letters
Giving of our time to our children is the best gift we can give them. Children will learn through their experiences whether you are there or not, but to help further their learning and to help them gain greater understanding and make connections between their experiences and everyday life, your presence, your questions and your insight can really make a huge difference.
I hope you enjoyed this simple activity and for tons more activities designed to help your child learn through play, complete with handy tips on how to simplify and extend to suit your child's development, please join me at Learn with Play at home
Learn with Play at home is a site full of free, kid friendly activities, ideas and more, written by stay at home mum and Early Years Primary School Teacher, Debs. Here you can find ideas to keep your kids busy and entertained with handy tips on how to get the most learning out of each fun activity. Appropriate for babies through to school age children, with advice on how to simplify and extend each activity, you will always find something to suit your child and their individual developmental level. You can also play with us on facebook, pinterest, twitter and G+. See you there!