August is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about a new year of homeschooling. One area of focus for Noah is going to be number recognition and understanding. I made this for Noah a few months ago – a simple activity with a paper plate and clothespins – and we pulled it out again today.
- Using a marker, divide a paper plate into four sections.
- Number each section 1-4.
- Place dots that correspond to the number in each section.
- Write numerals that correspond to the dots in each section on clothespins.
- To use, have your child clip the clothespin onto the appropriate dots around the plate. (One clothespin with the number 1 will go in the section marked 1, two clothespins marked with the number 2 will go in the section marked 2, etc.)
When Noah first did this activity months ago, it was more a fine motor activity than anything else. He needed me to show him where to place each clothespin. Gradually, through pointing out to him that the number on the clothespin is the same as the number on the section on the plate, he has become independent in this activity and even is attempting to name the numbers. Progress!
Knowing the ASL sign for same was definitely a plus for this activity. Here’s a video: http://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/SAME/368/1.
The script I used for Noah was simple – I pointed to the number on the clothespin and said it, I pointed to the number on the plate and said it, and then I signed and said “same.” Between this and the fact that Noah had to use the small muscles of his hand to manipulate the clothespins turned this academic activity into one that worked his number skills, his fine motor skills and his language skills.
All for the cost of a paper plate and some clothespins.
For more fine motor activities that work the small muscles of the hand, visit http://www.therapystreetforkids.com/fm-strength.html.