This number play idea takes only a minute to set up. It’s basically a fun addition to any sensory play material you have on hand – beads, pasta, rice, even sand or water! Mixing sensory play AND number practice? This is a fun one!
Sensory Number Game Set Up
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- large bowl
- Perler Beads
(you could also use another sensory material, or water!)
- wooden or foam or plastic numbers (or play with letters!)
- optional: spoons or measuring cups
Place the beads into the large bowl, and add the numbers. Then hunt for the numbers in the bowl! We dig in with our hands, but you could dig with spoons or cups.
You can play a few ways:
- Grab the number and name it
- grab 2 numbers and name what they make when placed together
- Take out all the numbers and put them in order
Our favorite way to play: along with Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault! We read the book, find the numbers, match them up with the book.
- Find the numbers listed on each pageMatch the letters on top of the book pictures (we can do this because we have the large version of the book — it’s hard with a board book!)
- Put the numbers on the table in the same positions as they are in the book (climbing up the tree, on top of each other, etc…)
Our Virtual Book Club for Kids books this month are all Bill Martin Jr. books:
More Book Activities
Be sure to check out all the other activities from the other Virtual Book Club hosts:
Activities to go along Chicka Chicka 123
Chicka Chicka 123 – Sensory Number Game
Apple Tree Math Games with Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3