When one way isn’t working, try another. Jay has been interested in number formation but for him, writing isn’t an easy task.
The intention behind this activity is to work on letter formation by introducing it through the child’s senses to assist with the development of tactile awareness.
You’ll also practice counting and strengthen the child’s fine motor skills by punching out the correct number with a hole puncher.
Activities that incorporate touch benefit kinesthetic and sensory learners. The act of touching stimulates sensors within muscles and joints, sending messages back and forth from the skin to the brain. Essentially, each time your child touches something the brain receives a message and makes a decision.
For this DIY you’ll need:
Foam Sheets (paper works too)
How to Make Egg Foam Sheets with Numbers
- With your Sharpie draw big oval shapes on your foam sheets (paper works too)
- Grab your scissors and cut out your oval egg shapes
- With your Sharpie write numbers on the eggs (2, 4, 6, 8) or (5, 10, 15), etc.
- Trace over the numbers with your glue gun
- Glue pipe cleaners over the numbers
- Let it dry for a few minutes
- Set out a hole puncher and start cracking those eggs!
Optional Math Game/Reward – Plastic Eggs with M&M’s
Grab a sharpie marker, plastic eggs, and a treat of choice. On one of the plastic egg shells write out a number, for example, five.
On your other shell draw dots or tally marks to show a visual representation of the number, this way your child will see the many different ways numbers can be represented.
Ask your child to sound out and read the number word on the eggshell. Next, have them practice counting by adding the correct number of M&M’s that belong inside.
See that?! Now your child isn’t only working on math, but on reading too! Finally, have your little one match their plastic eggs to the matching egg foam sheets. Once that’s done reward them with the treats inside those plastic eggs, I think you agree, they earned it!
Teach! Learn! Enjoy!
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