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.

 
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Materials

Paper clips
Buttons
Glue gun
Cardboard
Marker

 

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.

 
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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.

 
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Extension

 

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 a Christian, Wife, Mother of 4, Primary School Teacher. She is a play-based learning advocate; believes in encouraging children to be independent and autonomous learners; and values an attitude of care and attention, curiosity and wonder. On Lessons Learnt Journal you'll find activities for children: play, maths games, writing, reading as well as parenting confessions. 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. Most days you'll find her chasing her kids and that much needed nap.

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