If you’ve been following Frugal Fun for Boys, you know that I am homeschooling a 4th grader and a 1st grader while also caring for their 3 year old and 1 year old brothers! It’s like a
three four ring circus most days! I am always looking for ways to keep Owen busy while we’re doing school, and now that he’s almost four, he can be working on some academic skills as well.
Here are some ideas for number activities that can be set up quickly with materials you already have on hand.
1. Make a counting worksheet. Draw columns with a marker, put a number at the bottom of each column, and give your child a sheet of stickers. When we did this, Owen could only go up to 6, but now he can handle larger numbers, making the activity last longer!
2. Put number cards in order.
3. Then build towers with linking cubes on top of your number cards. (Or use any type of counter you have on hand – have them place the correct number on the card. We like the Learning Resources linking cubes – affiliate link)
4. Practice writing letters by tracing. A light colored marker works much better for tracing than trying to make dot-to-dot numbers (or letters).
5. Use an egg carton for counting practice. I got this idea from a comment on my post about preschool counting. I gave Owen some little vase filler pebbles, and he had fun counting them out and putting them in the sections. He also enjoyed examining the rocks, which kept him constructively occupied while his brothers were working. Win-win!
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