How to Make a Loose Parts Number Line
Number recognition is a tricky concept for some kids. It is a lot like learning your letters. While it is easy to sing the alphabet, it is more difficult to assign each letter name or sound to a character.
Numbers are the same. While it is fairly easy to grasp the concept of counting to ten, it is more complicated to differentiate between symbols and understand what they stand for in a way they can use. Our Number Line was created to work on just this concept.
I have taken a very hands on approach to teaching Math in our Homeschool Preschool. In general, I think kids learn best through hands on activities. When they can touch and manipulate materials ideas are more concrete and applicable. I particuarly love using natural materials. The textures, the weight, and their gentle colors are appealing.
This DIY Number line is made with two main materials and can be used for a variety of number related activities.
You will need:
*tin can lids
Our can opener leaves smooth edges so I don't have to worry about jagged edges. If yours doesn't, find a different object or use tagboard to make circles.
Write the numbers 1-10, or however high you want, on the lids and rocks.
On the lids you can also draw dots or other shapes to represent the number. A sharpie writes well on both rocks and lids.
Both the lids and rocks can be used individually to make a number line.
You can match the numbers on the rocks to the numbers on the lids.
NUMBER TO OBJECT MATCH
You can arrange one in a number line and then sort other objects into number groups. For instance, next to the number 3 lid you could place 3 counters, berries, or blocks.
Use the lids or rocks in a number song. For instance, each rock could represent a duck in the "Five Little Ducks" song.
These materials can also be placed in a basket in your playroom for further independent exploration. Just another resource or material for developing number sense.
Tin Can Lids
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