Number Play

Number Play

There are so many fun ways to explore number, that I thought I would share a few that we have enjoyed over the past year. I have included some photos from my classroom this week, but others have been shared on my Facebook Page & Instagram Page.


Counting and Number Recognition with Pebbles 

Counting and number recognition from Rachel (",)


Number & Pattern

Number and Pattern from Rachel (",)


Fun with Bingo Dabbers

Counting domino spots & marking the correct number with the bingo dabber (I made various number grids to add different challenges. They are available to download under this photo, if you wish a copy)…

Counting domino spots & marking the correct number with the bingo dabber (free printable grids) - from Rachel (",)

Free ‘Domino Dabber’ printable sheets – Domino Dabber Sheets from Rachel (“,)


Number Fun with Books

There are lots of books that lend themselves to number play, but we have particularly enjoyed these…

Counting fun with the book, 'Ten Black Dots' from Rachel (",)

Maths fun with the book, 'One to Ten and Back Again' from Rachel (",)

Counting fun with the book, '10 Little Rubber Ducks' from Rachel (",)

Counting fun with the book, 'Mouse Count' from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor and Counting Fun

Fine motor and counting fun (free printable) from Rachel (",)

If you wish a copy of the number cards, you can download them here: Number Mats from Rachel (“,)


Building and Counting on a Mirror

Building and counting on a mirror from Rachel (",)

Noticing there are blocks to count in the reflection too!

Noticing there are blocks to count in the reflection too! - from Rachel (",)


Counting & Ordering Outdoors

Ordering Numbered Wood Slices

Ordering numbers from Rachel (",)

Counting on a Mirror Outdoors

Not the clearest of photos!

Counting on a mirror outdoors - from Rachel (",)


Homemade Number Ladybirds

If you follow my blog, you will have seen my homemade ladybirds a few times now! They are so handy for number recognition, counting, ordering & simple addition…

Number fun with homemade ladybirds from Rachel (",)


Homemade Bees

You might have also seen my bees

Counting with bees from Rachel (",)


Homemade Glass Pebble Ladybirds and Bees on the Lightbox 

These are in my ladybird & bees post if you haven’t seen them before – links above 🙂

Counting homemade glass pebble ladybirds and bees on the lightbox from Rachel (",)


Laminated Cellophane Numbered Ladybirds

Super-easy to make – laminate a piece of cellophane, then draw the ladybirds (permanent marker) & cut out…

Laminated cellophane counting ladybirds from Rachel (",)

Counting spots on laminated cellophane ladybirds on the lightbox, from Rachel (",)


Counting Flowers

There are lots of fabric flowers available to buy online. These were from eBay a couple of years ago. I’ve used them for a variety of things, but we’ve especially enjoyed using them in maths activities…

Counting flowers from Rachel (",)


Dice Play

Number and dice play from Rachel (",)


Numbers in the Dough

Numbers in the dough from Rachel (",)


Number Recognition, Counting and Threading 

In this activity, the children chose a numbered bead to thread onto the pipe-cleaner & then counted out the correct number of beads to thread with it. They then hung it on the willow obelisk…

Number recognition, counting and threading from Rachel


Counting Small Stones

Counting pebbles from Rachel (",)

and our patterned stones (previously shared in this post)…

Counting patterned stones from Rachel (",)


Counting Songs 

Of course there are lots of counting songs, I’m just sharing two here…

5 Little Speckled Frogs from Rachel (",)


Five Little Ducks from Rachel (",)


Numbers in Coloured Sand

Numbers in coloured sand from Rachel (",)


Maths Printables

Don’t forget about the printables available to download in this post 🙂

Free Maths Printables... from Rachel (",)


I have a fortnight’s holiday now – report writing for me!

Enjoy your break, if you have one.


Thanks for reading!

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Counting with nature from Rachel (",)

Counting with nature.

– Rachel (“,)

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  1. Thank you so much Rachel for so many wonderful ideas and for the free printables. I think you have shared a years worth of fun 🙂

    • Glad you think it might be useful, Maureen! 😀

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these absolutely wonderful number experiences. I look forward to recreating several for my Kindergarten students. The printables are particularly helpful!

    • Thank you for the lovely comment, Margaret. So glad you think they might be useful to you (“,)

      • Very useful resource. Thanks for sharing.

        • You’re welcome! 🙂

  3. Please can you tell me where you get your wooden numbers from? Also, do you repaint them or do you now have a set in every colour?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Victoria, they are plain wooden numbers from Hobbycraft. Think they are £2 for 2 sets, 0-9. I have kept some unfinished and then have painted the others (just normal paint) 🙂

  4. Thank you Rachel for really helping me out of a tight spot with your wonderful ideas and colourful resources. I will really recommend my friends and even family members to make use of your website.
    many thanks
    Elmien Smit from South Africa.

    • Oh, thank you, Elmien! Really appreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

  5. Thank you for visually inspiring me so I can then continue to inspire the children to engage fully with their environments.

    • You are welcome, Maria! 🙂

  6. Wow I am blown away by your creativity!
    Thank you so much for sharing
    Perth WA

    • You’re welcome, Sue!
      Thanks for the fabulous comment!

  7. I think your blog has to be the very best I have seen ever!!!
    You have put together the most amazing activities!
    Your classroom must be simply incredible filled with children who are engaged and captivated!
    Thanks again for sharing
    I can’t leave your pages I keep finding more and more delightful activities!

    • Oh thank you so much!
      You just made my day! 🙂

  8. I am like a little kid in a candy shop looking through your amazing posts. I just started teaching 3 and 4 year olds in a US preschool, after teaching 5 year old kindergartners for 16 years. I love how I can teach these little ones through play and exploration and I have gotten so many great ideas from looking at your blog. I thought I had a lot of “stuff”, but I don’t even come close to what you have. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    • Ah, thank you, Jennie! Glad you feel it’s inspired you in some way – & that you’re enjoying working with 3 and 4 year olds 🙂


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