Two major personal discoveries of 2011: Pinterest and the glue gun. Combining these two wonderful finds, I made these adorable button paperclips. The original pin on Pinterest described them for use as bookmarks. I had other ideas – tools to help N&M learn the corresponding numeral for a set of objects.

This activity is for kids in the emergent counting stage. They know some number words but can’t count visible items. They either don’t know the correct sequence of number words or can’t coordinate the words with items.




Paper clips
Glue gun


Making Button Paperclip Number Cards


1. Glue buttons onto paper clips
2. Cut large cardboard rectangles for number cards.
3. Write numerals zero to five on the number cards.



Aim of the activity

Help kids know the corresponding numeral for a set of objects.


How to play


Ask kids to slide the correct number of button paperclips onto the numeral cards.





Extend the activity by placing the numeral cards in either a forward or backward counting sequence.



Other skills practised


I found that this activity was also good for practising fine motor skills.



Sliding paperclips onto the numeral cards was tricky work for little fingers.




N & M: 3 years, 7 months


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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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