{Teaching Preschoolers Their Numbers}

Teaching your children their numbers does not have to be difficult or even boring. Help them learn their numbers by turning it into a matching game. Here’s how you can do it for $2.00…

{Items needed}

  • Index cards (these can be purchased at any dollar store for $1 each)
  • Sticker book with small stickers (these can be purchased at any dollar store for $1 each)
  • black marker

{Here’s how}

  1. Take 25 index cards and number them from 1 to 25. Use a black marker and don’t forget to write neatly.
  2. Take 25 index cards and stickers and begin to put stickers on the index cards. So the first index card gets 1 sticker, the second index card gets 2 stickers, the third one gets 3 stickers and so on until you finish the last index card with 25 stickers.
  3. Introduce one number to your child a week. If they catch on quickly, feel free to introduce the next. Numbers 1 to 5 are usually the easiest for them.
  4. First show them the number, say the number, and then have them say it. Show them the index card with the stickers and have them count each sticker.
  5. Once they’ve learned two numbers you can have them put the numbers in order. Once they put the numbers in order, have them match the index cards with the stickers to their corresponding number.

{Tips and Tricks}

  • It is very helpful if you have your child point to the sticker as they count. It’s difficult for them to realize when they are double counting the same sticker. Pointing to the stickers as they go helps them keep track of where they are.
  • Because they are new to counting, I found it very helpful to line the stickers up in rows rather than having them sporadically around the index card.
  • If your child messes up the order, it is helpful to have them start again from the beginning. Ask them, “which number goes first?” Then help them say the order, 1, 2, 3, 4…
  • Once Chai’anne learned the first 10 numbers, she enjoyed if I put one of her favorite toys down on the floor, left enough space for the index cards and laid out another toy at the other end (picture an imaginary line with the two toys on either end). I would tell her, “okay, Chai’anne, can you put your numbers in order and help Barbie get to her car.” She loved seeing Barbie go from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 and so on until she got to the car (the last number).
  • Have patience! Lots of it! We know what the number 5 looks like, but this is the first time your child is being introduced to these numbers. With practice and patience, they WILL get it!
  • If your child becomes frustrated or irritated, take a break and come back to it. Learning should be fun. And with time, they will get it.

I hope this game is as successful for you as it has been for us! Let us know how it went and if you have any other great ideas on teaching your kids their numbers. I’d love to hear from you!


About Darlene Collazo

Daughter of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Encourager. Lover of words and all things creative. Fellow companion on this journey {In Pursuit} of the abundant life God has for us.

Posted on September 16, 2011, in Homeschooling and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Miriam Huertas

    My daughter loves Starfall.com… well, I enjoyed it too!! LOL thanks for all these tips and tricks!!

  2. thats my smart niece :0)

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