The intention behind this activity is to strengthen the child’s fine motor skills by punching the correct number of holes out with a hole puncher. My big guy is learning how to count by 5’s so I added pipe cleaners over the numbers to introduce the formation of new numbers through his senses.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Foam Sheets
- Glue Gun
- Pipe Cleaners
- Hole Puncher
How to make foam sheet eggs:
- Take your Sharpie and draw big oval shapes on your foam sheets
- Cut out your oval egg shapes
- With your Sharpie write numbers on the eggs (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.)
- Trace over the numbers with your glue gun
- Glue pipe cleaners on to the numbers
- Let it dry for a few minutes and ready
- Set out a hole puncher and start cracking those eggs!
Plastic eggs with M&M’s (Optional reading math game/reward)
What you’ll need:
- A few plastic eggs
- M&M’s Chocolate, Jelly beans, or any treat of choice
Grab one of your plastic eggs and spell out one of your numbers in this case (Fifteen) on one shell and have them sound out and read the number. On your other egg shell draw dots (fifteen) to visually show the number. Write out the remaining numbers on each egg (5, 10, 15, etc) in different ways (tally marks are fun too!) to visually show your child all the many different ways numbers can be represented. Your child won’t only be doing math but reading it too! Finally, have your little one match their plastic eggs to their foam egg sheets. Once that’s done reward them with the treats inside those plastic eggs, I think you agree, they earned them!
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.
Teach! Learn! Enjoy!