Here's a great idea for teaching number recognition to preschoolers. A simple game brought to us by @kristinatoddlerapproved. The idea is just taking some construction paper and taping it down to the floor. Mark the top of the papers with a number in large print. Then have your child try to roll a ball through the number called out. Super fun and super cute.

Number recognition is important early on because it supports the development of other number skills, such as counting and later addition. Exposing your child to early math will prepare them later for more advance concept. Even basic ideas are difficult at this stage, like understanding that the last number counted tells you how many. For example, counting to six 1,2,3,4,5,6 for a child may just be a series of words. It takes a while before it is clear that six is sum of the counting. Check out three additional easy ideas to teach number recognition.

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Teaching Number Recognition To Preschoolers


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NUMBER TUNNELS || We are having fun exploring numbers today! This activity is so easy that Ryan (my kindergartener) was able to help me set it up! If you’ve got any pool noodles lying around, you can also turn this into number croquet (which we’ve shared before). The directions are super easy. Cut card stock in half long ways. Add a number to each strip (or keep it blank for littler ones), stick the papers to the ground, and you’re ready to roll your balls through the tunnels!


Even More Ideas for Teaching Number Recognition to Preschoolers

Here's a few more ideas for teaching number recognition to preschoolers. Take a look at them. Most of these are designed so that you can make them happen from home with things left around the house.

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