# Paper Clip Counting

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From: Aussie Childcare Network

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.

• 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