Those foam pool noodles are quickly becoming my favorite “manipulative”. For just $1, we’ve gotten three different uses out of one noodle (the rest of which I’ll share later this week). For this activity, we created a number game that Big Brother was able to complete independently. And it works on number recognition and one-to-one correspondence!
Here’s what you’ll need: one foam pool noodle, a sharp knife, a Sharpie, rope (I couldn’t find any around here so we used rubber weatherproofing!), and a pipe cleaner. Optional: hot glue gun and googly eyes.
|1. Use a sharp knife to cut the foam noodle. The widths of our pieces varied from 1-2 inches.|
|Cut 11 pieces total.|
|2. Use a Sharpie to write the numerals on each piece. I wrote one on the front and one on the back.|
|Can you see our yellow kitchen in the background. I.can’t.stand it. Oh well, I guess it will stay this way for a while…|
|3. Add a face.|
Optional: Use a glue gun to add googly eyes and an antenna.
|Isn’t he cute?|
|4. Once you’re ready, put all the pieces and your “rope” in a pile.|
|5. Tie a knot on one end of the rope.|
|6. Encourage your child to find #1 first and put it next to the caterpillar face. Then #2 and so on.|
|Counting the numbers…after he was finished.|
This activity could easily be adapted to meet the development of your child by cutting down the number of “numbers” or even adding more!