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Paper Clip Counting

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Paper Clip Counting Hawiyh

Extend a child's numeracy skills through number recognition and counting using paper clips.

 Materials Needed:

  • 10 pieces of cardboard squares (you can use paper but cardboard will last longer, the size is really up to you). Or you can use number flashcards
  • Felt pen
  • Paper clips or pegs.

What to do:

  • Number each of the pieces of cardboard from 1 to 10. And put the corresponding number of dots on each piece of the cardboard (so children can count the dots). OR simply use the number flashcards.
  • Child picks up a card, counts the objects/dots on the card and adds the same amount of paper clips or pegs around the card corresponding to that number.
  • Older child can recognize the number without having to count the dots and adds the same number of paper clips/pegs around the card.
  • Children can learn numbers 1 – 20 using this method.

Hints and Tips:

  • For older children, number each of the cardboard pieces and write the correct number word rather than the dots.
  • You can play this game with numbers to 20 or higher.
  • Have enough paper clips or pegs for this experience.
  • Use colourful flashcards.
  • You can use Numbers Flashcards and Numbers Posters available under Printables in this website.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    For a 3 year old child:

    - Uses pincer grip.
    - Show or tell use of something.
    - Counts objects.
    - Recognizes numbers.
    - Understands same and different.
    - Puts objects in order.

    For a 4 year old child:

    - Uses left or right hand preference.
    - Repeats 3 digits.
    - Matches objects.
    - Recognizes numbers in words.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Literacy and Numeracy, Manipulation Games, Quiet Games
  • 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

Created On January 2, 2015 Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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