Little School of Smith's

Hi everyone! I am back after some much needed time away. I have been so busy prepping and preparing for our new homeschool year that starts in September. Getting all our supplies together, dealing with some sickness, and enjoying our last month of summer has been keeping us so busy! I am so excited for the new school year to start and soon I will be sharing all the curriculum we have chosen for this year as well as our homeschool space.

But today I wanted to share with you some super simple number activities we did a few weeks ago that my kids loved!

If you have a little girl in your house then you probably have a million of these elastic hair ties lying around. We have a ton! So I decided to put them to another use to practice some number recognition, reinforce number order and fine motor skills.

First up, I wrote numbers 1-10 on the top of large popsicle sticks. My kids then had to put the correct number of elastics on each popsicle stick. Super easy!

My 5 year old daughter was able to do this on her own, but my son needed a little help with the fine motor part. I just held each stick for him while he stretched on the elastics.

They loved this activity and kept asking to do it again and again. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Another number activity with elastics was to use a cork board and some push pins. I ran out of push pins so I just used some map pins instead. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

I placed the pins randomly on the cork board and then added these magnetic numbers under each one. My kids had to stretch an elastic from one number to the next. Almost like a 3D dot-to-dot puzzle! They loved this! We will continue to do this again with bigger numbers as well. This is great practice for correct number order, and of course fine motor skills. πŸ‘πŸΌ

You can find these elastics many places (Target, Walmart, beauty supply store, etc.) but I get mine in a pack of 300 for $1 at the Dollar store or HERE on Amazon.

I hope your able to try these fun activities out with all those elastics in your house as well. ☺️

Have a great week!

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