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Lock and Key Number Match

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From: Aussie Childcare Network

Lock and Key Number Match Speech Mark Publishing

Children will enjoy matching the correct number to the key, to unlock it. Also develops fine motor skills.


  • Lock and keys
  • Stickers
  • Tags
  • Pen

What to do:

  • On each lock, add a certain amount of stickers for kids to count and match.
  • Attach tags to each key for each matching lock and write the matching lock number.
  • Children have to count the stickers on the lock and find the match key or identify the number on the key and find the matching lock.
  • Once they found a match, the child must open it.

Hints and Tips:

  • Use a key ring, add the key and add beads for each child to count to match to the lock.
  • Can be done for matching colours, shapes, sight words etc.
  • Have a race.

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Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Counts objects.
    - Recognizes numbers.
    - Understands same and different.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Puzzle Play, Sensory Play, Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Literacy and Numeracy
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

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