I absolutely hate comparing my girls but you just do it don’t you? My Mum used to do a lot with us educationally before we started school and although I did some with the gremlin, I don’t think she was as keen as her baby sister. My middle child does love her numbers and letters. She really concentrates and is pretty good with colouring. She can count easily, using objects and she is good at recognising numbers. She has even tried write a few by herself. This is bit of a contrast to her older sister, who didn’t really get into numbers until school. One thing we love to play is number flashcard games. These can be great for number recognition and counting!
Most Mondays and Wednesdays I’m at home with the little man and his older sister. We do spend a lot of time chilling in the lounge, listening to music and playing. I do like to throw in some educational games if we can keep them from the baby. I’m probably quite aware that my middle girl is a September baby and her older sister is August. There will be a huge difference in them when starting reception and part of me wants her to be able to read a little and do some basic number work. Well I guess she’s starting reception when her older sister was starting year 1 and was reading and writing! Not that it matters really!
Number Flashcard Games for Your Pre-Schooler
There are a few games my middle girly and I play and they have really helped her with her numbers!I would say though, before you get the flashcards out, make sure your little one is able to count and has grasped what numbers are. My pre-schooler was counting first before we worked on number recognition.
She’d be blindly learning something without knowing what they were for!
Here are some of the games we play:
Tell Me the Number – Number Flashcard Games
I simply sit down with my little one and show her the cards. She has to tell me what she can see. I’m amazed at how quickly she has improved and knows her numbers. We started with numbers 1-10 and could soon move up to 11-20. This is something you can do for a few minutes and doesn’t take them away from fun and get them bored.
Find the Number
I started with the number 1-10 first but after a bit of practice I could include 11-20. The aim of the game is for your pre-schooler to find the correct card when you call out a number. Place your cards around the room, hide them a little but at the same time, your child can see the cards all over. Make sure they are secure, possibly rested on some concrete furniture, so they don’t fall down!
You then shout out a number and your little one has to bring you the correct card. This is brilliant for number recognition and my little one gets so happy and excited when she finds the right card.
Match the Number to the Number of Objects
The flashcards my daughter has some cards with numbers and some with objects on. You can take about 10 cards – 5 with numbers and 5 with objects and lay them out. Ask your pre-schooler to pick up an object card and count them, then match up with the correct number.
This is perfect for counting and number recognition and when your child is a little older, you could turn the cards over and get them to use their memories too.
Number Snap – Number Flashcard Games
The pack of flashcards we have multiple cards for each number so it’s possible to play a game of snap! This obviously will start out very slowly at first, unless your little one has experience of snap. Deal the cards fairly between you and your child and slowly take turns to place them down. Call out snap when you get the same number!
This will be again fab for number recognition and they will get faster. Great for their reaction speed too!
These games have been so successful helping my little girl grasp number recognition and counting. A simple pack of flashcard numbers for number flashcard games, with lots of opportunities for learning and fun!
Let me know if you play in the comments!
Oh we had something similar for Mimi when she was little, we are big fans of flash cards. They are great way to introduce numbers.
Aww I can’t believe how grown up she looks! These look like a great resource to support a preschooler and a nice way to make learning fun.
These are a fab way to educate and learn but also have some fun with things too. How lovely xx
These are great ideas and so easy to do. I bet Erin would like to do these at home.
Flash cards are brilliant aren’t they! So easy to use and they can be taken anywhere when traveling. I used both number cards and phonics flash cards when my youngest was little.
These are a great idea. I agree it is hard not to compare, I also find I treat my youngest more like a baby for longer as I don’t her to grow up! I had my little girl in July so she will be one of the younger ones when she goes to school so I feel I need to prepare her more whereas my son was a November baby so he couldn’t wait to go and was already counting and writing his name.