My daycare kids seem to be really into numbers and counting these days. Here are two more counting activities. The 2 year olds still need help counting but they can match numbers pretty well up to 10.
A large dice the child tosses and then counts the dots and find the corresponding number.
There is a ton of Montessori inspired activities you can do on a magna doodles, plus they’re great for developing fine motor skills. Pumpkin 1 loves this activity. I write a number on the magna doodle and she makes the right number of circles or squares to match. Erase, repeat, over and over and over and over…..
I haven’t really made too many Montessori materials myself. There are tons of DIY tutorials for Montessori materials on the Web. Living Montessori Now has great collections of tutorials if you’re looking to save some money by making things yourself. However, to make things oneself you have to have time to make it, you have to have time to go to the stores to collect your supplies, you have to know where to get the supplies you want and sometimes it actually costs more to DIY. Time is something I lack and I have learned that when I make things myself they often don’t turn out right and I wind up buying the actual thing anyway, though now it’s cost me the DIY supplies too. But when I saw one of the home-made spindle boxes I knew I could do that myself and I had most of the supplies on hand. Here is the version I was inspired by. It was quite simple to do and I bought the dowels from the Dollar Store. I wrote the numbers with fabric paint. It’s a little advance for Pumpkin 1 but she likes to play with it and have me help her count out the dowels. The spindle boxes help teach quantities and the concept of “0”.