# Sandpaper Numerals

From Montessori Album

Sandpaper Numerals | |
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Math - Numbers 0-10 | |

Level | Primary |

Age | 3 - 4 |

Prerequisites | Touch Boards Number Rods |

Materials | set of sandpaper numerals |

This activity teaches the child the symbols for and names of the numbers 0-9. It also indirectly prepares the child to write the numerals.

## Presentation[edit]

- Take the box of sandpaper numerals to a mat or table. Place it in the upper right corner.
- Remove the first three sandpaper numerals and place them face-down in the upper right corner.
- Take the first and trace it. "One." Give the child a turn.
- Move the 1 out of the way. Then trace the 2.
- Move the 2 out of the way and trace the 3.
- Allow the child to trace the numerals.
- Lay out out all three numerals (mix up the order occasionally) and do a three period lesson.
- When the child know the first three numerals well, teach the others in the same way.

## Purpose[edit]

Direct Aim:

- To give the child a sensorial impression of the form of the symbol that corresponds to the quality.
- To show the succession of numbers
- To show base 10
- Recognition of numerals 0-9
- Preparation for writing numbers

## Control of Error[edit]

Tactile and visual

## Material[edit]

A box containing sandpaper numerals from 0 to 9. They are arranged in sequence with the zero at the end.

### Where to Buy[edit]

Thinkamajigs $19.95

## Further Reading[edit]

- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, pages 82-83, 97-98