I have been working for weeks with Sarah on numbers & counting. She can count to 15 on her own, so we decided it was time we started working on being able to recognize the numbers as well. I really had no interest in spending a bunch of money trying to buy various counting toys and such.
I tried flash cards that I purchased from the Dollar Tree seven years ago, but she wasn’t very interested in them. During our move two months ago, I found a puzzle that I bought several years back with foam numbers. Instead of having her use it as a traditional puzzle, I decided to trace the numbers onto paper and have her match them.
I offered her very little assistance starting off. As she picked up the numbers, I called out which it was, and asked her to find it on the paper. For this being her first time completing this activity, she did very well. The biggest issue we ran into was she turned a lot of numbers (such as 7) upside down, or even backwards (2, 3,5). It took her a few tries to figure them out, but she did.
I don’t spend an excessive amount of time working on these activities with Sarah. We take about 10-15 minutes each day to go over a concept, and then we play afterwards. Of course throughout the day we may talk about the concept we reviewed and work on the skill, but its very informal.
Here is her finished result
The best part about this, is I keep the numbers in a ziploc bag in her busy bag, and the sheet in a notebook. If she wants to use them on her own, she is able to go to her bag and get the numbers and the sheet out. And its very easy for her to clean up as well.
Where there any successful tips or tools you use with number recognition?