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Easy As 1, 2, 3

So we took a break from our Letters of the Month the other day in order to practice numbers as well. I found a simple number activity on Pinterest from http://www.littlelearningclub.com and we gave it a try.

Supplies:

  • Muffin Tin
  • Cupcake Wrappers
  • Cereal or Favorite Snack
  • Pen

I had originally planned to use Cheerios for this activity but when I went to get everything out I realized that we were all out. Oops, #momfail. So we used Teddy Grahams instead because that is what I had on hand. This was a free to me activity as we already had all the necessary supplies. After we had finished this activity I let her keep the cupcake wrappers we had used to use in her play kitchen.

Set up was quick and easy, I merely wrote numbers on the bottom of the cupcake wrappers and grabbed the Teddy Grahams out of the pantry. Then we set down and worked on number recognition by counting out the appropriate number of Teddy Grahams and placing them into the corresponding cupcake wrapper inside the muffin tin. This activity was a little challenging for her this first time around and she kept wanting to eat her counters but we will give it a try again soon.

Any suggestions for how you teach your children their numbers? Any thoughts on ways to improve this activity? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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New Year, New Learning

So, as this New Year starts we decided as a family to try some new things. One thing we decided to do was to focus our home activities a little bit more. So to start simple we decided we would do “Letters of the Month” at home to reinforce the things our little one has been learning at daycare and to help her learn the alphabet. So if interested follow along with us this year as we do our year of the alphabet. We decided to start with A and B because why not start at the beginning? The first activity we did was to make A and B art to hang on the refrigerator so we could review the letters whenever we were in the kitchen.

Trying to keep things simple I wrote out both an A and a B and let her decorate them with her Do-A-Dot markers. If your not familiar you can check them out here:https://www.amazon.com/Art-Markers-Rainbow-Washable-Original/dp/B00004W3Y4

They look like this and can be used to color if your child slides them or used to make circles if they just push down on them. They have been a hit in our house for about the last year. ThriftyFloridaMom tip I have found them on clearance at TJ Maxx and Homegoods for $6 to $8 dollars less than Amazon.

So after I set everything up I instructed her to “dot the A” and let her go to town.

After finishing the B I had her go through her letters magnets and find the corresponding magnets to hang her letters on the refrigerator. As we had all the items (paper, markers, alphabet magnets) already at home this was a free to me project.

What are your favorite ways to teach the alphabet at home? Share with us in the comments below.

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