Use these printable number dots cards as part of your loose parts math activities. They’re perfect for math finger gyms and math discovery stations.
Printable number dots cards for loose parts math activities
Using playful math printables that promote hands-on learning gives children the double benefit of developing their math skills and their fine motor skills.
Use these printable number dots cards with loose parts to help boost your children’s skills in a playful way.
What are loose parts?
Loose parts simply means moveable materials that children can use in their play.
They might be bought materials, upcycled from the recycling bin or found natural objects.
There’s a printable list of loose parts ideas here, but really anything goes: boxes, feathers, marbles, wrapping paper, fir cones, water, sand, twigs, hats, drinking straws…..
By offering a regular selection of loose parts we can give our children daily inspiration, endless possibilities, a chance to think, and encouragement to be creative.
Read more about loose parts here, including four ways you can promote their use in your classroom/ playroom.
How to use these number dots cards
Print the number dots sheets (see below) and cut out the individual cards.
You might like to laminate the cards for extra durability.
Set out the cards with some loose parts that can used as counters. You might use buttons, small Lego pieces, shells or play dough that your children can roll up into balls and squish onto the cards. Paperclips are great too.
Finger gyms and math discovery stations
I like to use the number dot cards in two places:
:: in a finger gym. A finger gym is an activity centre where children are invited to play with materials with the specific aim of developing their fine motor skills. The activities can incorporate play, literacy, science, arts and crafts, and, as with these number dot cards, maths.
Using small loose parts with these number dot cards has the double benefit of helping children develop their maths skills of counting and number recognition and their fine motor skills, as they pick up and manipulate small loose parts.
:: in a math discovery station. These number dots cards make a great addition to a math discovery centre.
A math discover station is an invitation to play with math equipment and concepts in an open-ended way. A station can include number lines, scales, counting cards, loose parts, Venn diagram prompts, greater than/less than prompts, rulers, calculators, pens and pencils – all with the aim of sparking mathematical curiosity, exploration, and thinking.
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