I made this quick game for Nico the other day to help him associate things representing numbers (5 balls means 5). He does recognize his number 1 -10 but doesn’t grasp that there is an order to them or that 5 balls represents the number 5.
The game was quick and easy to do, make sure to have a few balls of play dough to stick them in, to dry. I wrote with a fine sharpie the numbers 1-5 (for now, we’ll add more later) and then took 20 tees for the colored ones. I used acrylic paint and a Q-tip for each color (except green, only had it in tempera paint). I just dab the Q-tip in the paint and dabbed it on really thick so you wouldn’t see white anymore. I did 1 yellow, 2 green, 3 red, 4 blue and 5 orange.
The next day, (only took a couple hours to dry but we did something else) we got the play dough out and he started stabbing them in the dough right away then I made him notice the numbers, I did 5 balls of dough and ask him to place 1 per ball…
…and then to place them in order, asking which comes after that one and the next one and so on.
I like this game cause it’s small, versatile and easy to set up anywhere (outdoor too, on a nice day), it can also just turn into play dough fun!
He’s 32 months, so of course his favorite was stabbing it in the play dough, but he did enjoy the rest as well