This is one of the first activities that we put together for getting the girls to recognise numbers from 0-9. This up-cycled number matching box activity combines both the fine motor and the math skills in one go.
- Cardboard box (we used Surf Excel and Ariel Matic detergent powder boxes which are pretty strong and capable of enduring child play)
- 10 popsicle sticks
- Wooden coloured numbers available for craft work; alternatively, you could re-use cardstock which the children have scribbled or painted to create the numbers
- 10 stickers to label the detergent powder box
- Hot glue gun and Markers
- Craft knife
1) Using the craft knife, make 10 slits at different points on the cardboard box. Ensure that the slits are long and wide enough to insert the popsicle sticks.
2) Glue the coloured numbers 0-9 on to the popsicle sticks.
3) Place the stickers next to the slits and using a marker, write down the numbers 0-9.
We are ready to play with our DIY number matching box.
We, of course, created two boxes for O +ve and B +ve. Both the girls take their respective detergent boxes. They open the boxes and take out their set of 10 popsicle sticks. They enjoy finding each matching popsicle stick for the stickers on the boxes. As they begin matching the numbers, I start calling out the numbers, so as to practice number recognition.
When the girls were introduced to this activity, they took quite some time learning to identify 6/9, 2/5, 1/7. Now, they put the popsicle sticks in the slits in the chronological order of 0-9.
We have done this activity many times. The girls have learnt their numbers a long time ago, but they are still game to this activity to this day.