Sandpaper Numerals

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Sandpaper Numerals
Math - Numbers 0-10
LevelPrimary
Age3 - 4
PrerequisitesRough and Smooth Boards
Number Rods
Materialsset 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

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

Purpose

Direct Purpose

• 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

Tactile and visual

Material

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