One of the basic math concepts that Enzo and I are mastering is counting numbers 1-10. So in this post, I will be sharing an easy DIY in teaching numbers 1-10 using popsicle sticks. We made this activity during the January Play challenge. It was a hit with Enzo and to our friends too!
Teaching numbers 1 to 10 includes mastery and understanding of the concept. Usually, children can memorize the number easily as we sing and say it to them repeatedly. So it is good to teach them to say the number and also see in reality what the number means. That is to say that the number one should be said and also seen as one. In example one marble means one, two marbles mean two. In this way, it would be easy for them to understand the concept and not just by rote memorization. In addition, numbers need to be taught repeatedly so they could comprehend it.
This was a challenge I had with Enzo cause I was not able to ensure that he had the mastery of numbers 1-10. Consequently, he had some trouble understanding numbers more than 1-10 in school. To solve this we had to go back to the basics of counting 1 – 10 to build a strong foundation for him.
Since Enzo is a tactile learner, this DIY popsicle counters is a great activity. Using this, he learns to count and also sequence the numbers correctly. You can also observe that the material is self-correcting as it will not show the image if not sequenced properly.
Step 1: Align your popsicle sticks together. Make sure that the popsicle sticks are flat and are the same size.
Step 2: Use scotch tape to stick the popsicles together. This will ensure that the sticks would not separate while you draw the image.
Step 3: Write the numbers 1 to 10 in each of the popsicle sticks.
Step 4: Draw an image your child likes. In our case, I drew an army truck, fire truck, and police car.
Tip: You can search thru google easy ways to draw anything and copy that using pencil into your popsicle sticks. Also, make sure that the image will cover all the popsicle sticks from 1 to 10. Doing so will make it easier for your kids to see the complete image and sequence the number.
Step 5: Color the image and remove the tape at the back. You’re done!
This is a super fast and easy way of teaching numbers 1 to 10 to your children. You can also personalize the popsicle counters to your child’s interest. I made a girl version of the popsicle counter as a gift. It is as simple as that.
You can also use other materials for counting and teaching numbers like counters, and felt paper numbers. What other materials do you use to teach numbers to your children? Please share them with me too!