Settling back into a routine after the holidays? We sure are – hence all of the quiet time activities you are seeing…
Adding in a quiet time to our afternoons has completely transformed our days. My little ones rest and unwind allowing them to enjoy the rest of our day.
I have been working on numbers and letters with Ben lately and a great way to ensure he really grasps the concepts we practice is to let him play with the ideas all on his own. Last week I shared some quiet time activities for practising letters and these quiet time activities are great for practising numbers with preschoolers.
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I discuss how we use and structure quiet time and how it has COMPLETELY transformed our days. I love staying home with my kids now, and you can too!
Here are some fabulous ideas for quiet time activities that practice numbers:
***Some of these ideas use small parts. Please use your own judgement and knowledge of your child and supervise when necessary***
Stuffed Felt Numbers – Use these super quiet numbers in a variety of quiet time activities. Children can put them in order, match them to number cards, add quiet manipulatives with them, and more.
Nancy Number Face – Make a silly face out of numbers! Kids can use number stamps or construction paper numbers for this simple craft.
Monster Numbers – An easy, and quiet, way to practice numbers and counting. This can be customized for seasons and holidays, or just use basic construction paper shapes for every day use.
Ice Cream Numbers from Fun-A-Day – The kids use tweezers or chopsticks to add pompoms to numbered construction paper “cones”.
One-to-One Correspondence Activity with Quiet Blocks from Fun-A-Day – Use cork blocks (or other quiet items) along with these printable cards to work on numbers and one-to-one correspondence.
Button Paperclip Number Cards from Lessons Learnt Journal – This simple activity helps children recognize numbers and quantities, and it works on fine motor skills! You could use pompoms or other materials instead of buttons, depending on what you have on-hand.
Fine Motor Counting from Sugar Aunts – Grab some pipe cleaners and pony beads. Turn them into a colorful way of teaching numbers to the kids.
Googly Eye Math from Munchkins and Moms – What an inspired way to work on counting and learning numbers! Get out a quiet puzzle and some googly eyes to get started.
DIY Number Line from Fantastic Fun and Learning – A clever way to create a hands-on number line for the children. Place it into a quiet bin so the kids can explore counting and number identification later.
Counting Game with Buttons and Muffin Cups from Mess for Less – This can be customized depending on which numbers your child is working on. Use pompoms or other quiet materials in place of the buttons if need be.
Fine Motor Math with Bread Ties from Still Playing School – For teaching the kids about numbers, start out by just using the numbered bread ties and play dough. Add the die and equation symbols as the children are exploring new concepts.
Tactile Learning and Counting with Craft Sticks from Where Imagination Grows – Make these homemade number sticks with just a couple of materials. Use them for counting, matching, and more.
Number Matching Activity from Laughing Kids Learn – I love how simple, but meaningful, this idea is! Use whatever you have at home to put it together, and then let the kids use it over and over again.
Button Mural Number Recognition from No Time for Flash Cards – Counting and number formation on a mini sticky wall. This can easily be tailored for the numbers your child is learning.
Marshmallow Numbers from Mamas Like Me – Old marshmallows (or cotton balls or pompoms) and fine motor tools for counting and learning about numbers.
Tally Marks Math Tray from And Next Comes L – Use craft sticks to explore making tally marks. For kids just exploring numbers and quantities, just have them add the correct amount of sticks.
Number Recognition and Ordering with Paper Tubes from Learn with Play at Home – Use foam stickers and leftover cardboard tubes to make number manipulatives. Then children can count, order, and match the numbers.
Sticky Hundreds Chart Math Activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons – The kids can work on counting, matching, numerical order, and more with this sticky math idea. For children who might be overwhelmed by a hundreds chart, simply start with a lower amount of numbers.
Snowflake Number Train from The Educators’ Spin On It – This is multiple number activities in one. The kids make the number train, and then it’s kept for further playful learning. It can be adapted with any other theme, too.
Monster Math Games from NurtureStore – Make a number monster with simple craft supplies, and let the number learning begin.
There are just so many ways for little ones to play (quietly!) with numbers. I just love that look of concentration as they tackle those tricky activities. Kids learn so much with challenges like these: perseverance, concentration, and independence to name just a few.
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I hope you found a number quiet time activity that was just right for you and your little ones.
Thank you so much for reading friends. I hope you are having a wonderful week!
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