Number recognition game
Need a quick game to kill time with your toddler or preschooler or an indoor activity for a rainy day? Put together this quick number matching game using post-it notes or our free printable.
It’s perfect for some quick entertainment and beginning to build number recognition skills.
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The ideal set up for this game is for you to set up the base on a wall or door across the room. This way your child will need to move back and forth across the room to match them which will help them to burn some energy!
For younger kids you may have to sit close by to help them make the post it’s stick.
- At least 2 colors of post-it notes
- Dark marker or sharpie
Stage 1 is simple number matching. Set up numbered post-it notes in a line on a wall or door. We had to wrap ours as we had to use a door since the walls in our home are textured.
Now you’ll use a second set, preferable in a different color. Hand them to your child one at a time naming the number as you do. Have them go across and match it to the corresponding number.
We also did this same set up to work on recognizing her name. She wanted me to keep doing it for more words as well.
The next set you use will have the numbers and the corresponding number of dots. Have your child help count the numbers, it’s great practice, before matching them.
For older kids, you can create a third set with the dots only. Help them count the dots then have them match them to the corresponding number.
I was actually surprised that my daughter who is almost 3 made it halfway through stage 2 before getting distracted!
Verbally give names to each post-it or card before your child goes to find it’s match.
For the cards with dots help them to count them and then name the number as well.
Keep it fun!
Remember to keep it fun! Toddlers and preschoolers are just starting to learn the concept of numbers and to recognize that there are symbols that represent certain numbers.
Playing games is a great way to introduce concepts in a pressure free way. If they get bored or give the wrong answer that’s ok! Don’t tell them that they’re wrong, just give the correct number name and count the dots correctly even if they don’t. It’s normal for them to skip numbers at this age!!!
Telling them they’re wrong can discourage learning and participation. Always keep it fun and let your child be your guide.
If you want to save yourself the time spent making the cards yourself you can grab this printable version when you sign up for our email newsletter. You’ll have to play on a table or use temporary glue dots or sticky velcro for the cards.
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The cards will be about 3×3 in size. I recommend printing them on cardstock if you plan to use them more than once…we all know toddlers aren’t that gentle on paper products.
Have fun playing and learning with your kids! They’ll be increasing their number recognition skills in no time.