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This FREE number recognition activity gets children recognizing numbers, counting, and strengthening their fine motor skills.

This FREE number recognition activity gets children recognizing numbers, counting, and strengthening their fine motor skills.

You can download this free printable at the VERY end of the post by clicking on the large blue button.

My little girl struggles with learning. Developmental stuff just does not come easy for her. Walking, crawling, and talking were skills that were highly celebrated when she finally conquered them. Right now, her Special Ed teacher and I are working hard to help her develop her fine motor skills and begin to recognize and name her letters and numbers.

So this is where this number recognition activity came from. She gets to work on strengthing the muscles in her hand while counting out clothespins that represent the number in front of her. She LOVES it, and I’m loving all the skills involved.

Prep-Work

With just a little cutting this activity is ready to go.

  1. First, print off the numbers on card stock paper.
  2. Next, cut and then laminate.
  3. Finally, gather up at least nine clothespins.

 

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Number Recognition Activity

As easy as these are to make, they are that easy to use.

  1. First, hand a number to your child.
  2. Next, ask them what number it is.
  3. Either confirm or gently say the right answer. Then have them correctly trace the number with their finger saying the name of the number as they do it. For correct number formation, check out these pages by The Measured Mom.
  4. Now, have them count out the correct number of clothespins.
  5. After they have counted out the correct number, and them place the clothespins on the number.
  6. Finally, count the clothespins and say the name of the number one more time.

It is that easy!!!!

Other Ways to Use

My little girl’s twin brother does not have the same struggles. He already recognizes his numbers and counting out that many is a breeze for him. But he likes to join in the activities too.

Lately, he has been into adding, and of course, while we were sitting there he asks, “What does 2 + 3 equal?”

I honestly had not intended the numbers to be used this way, but you never turn down a learning opportunity, right?

“Count all the dots on the two and three,” I told him.

His sweet voice counted away and in a few seconds he triumphantly shouted, “five!!!”

“Yes, that is correct. 2 + 3 = 5.”

Got to love spur of the moment learning!!!!

 

I hope you enjoy these numbers as much as we have!!

You’ve Got This,

Rachel

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