Learning numbers is one of the most important things that children can learn when it comes to math. Without proper knowledge of number recognition, learning continuous math skills will be impossible.
Even though this is such a crucial skill, it doesn’t have to be boring or hard to teach. These Number Strips are super simple to prep and fun for kids while being simple.
Number Strips For Learning Numbers 1-20
Besides being super simple to prep, my favorite thing about this activity is its versatility. If your children are not ready to learn all numbers 1-20, you can start with 1-5, then move up. If your child is strictly strengthening skills and reviewing with a challenge, using all strips can be helpful!
There are a few things that you will need to prep these cards.
First, after printing, cut each of the strips out.
Laminate them individually and cut that out. You don’t ‘HAVE to laminate them, but without lamination, they will be a one time use only activity. By laminating, you can use with dry-erase markers over and over.
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Hole punch in one of the top corners, I chose the left.
Stack all of the strips in order onto a binder ring. This will help keep all of the strips together. I also like this because it makes it easy to carry around. Whether you are carrying from a station in the classroom or taking it with you to restaurants or doctor’s offices. I like having simple activities like this for my kids when we go to places that may be boring for them, it helps keep them busy.
To use these strips, I first grab a dry erase marker and some sort of eraser. We have used old (clean) socks, cut up an old t-shirt, or even just a paper towel.
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Each card has the focus number and number word in a bold font. This is the time that we announce what number it is, count to that number and spell out the number word.
Next, trace the number on the continuing numbers. There are three opportunities for kids to write the number. If a child is struggling, though, I will have them erase and try again too.
Repeat the process on the next card until you have finished all of the cards that you want to focus on.
To add a challenge, you can also have the child write the numbers on a piece of paper with a pencil, instead of tracing on the card.
Not only is this a great activity for strengthening number skills, but it is also helping to solidify handwriting! This is perfect for preschoolers and Kindergartners!