Yesterday I talked about the simple ways we teach beginning counting and number recognition. Today’s post is for when children are ready for a bit more of a challenge.
Once kids can easily count to ten and have been exposed to written numbers zero through ten they can start reinforcing their knowledge of number sequencing by placing number cards in numerical order.
Our free printable Number Sequencing Cards go from zero to one hundred, but you definitely don’t want to start with that many. Pick an amount that will be easy for your child to begin with, maybe only zero to five or zero to ten. Let your little one put the cards in order from left to right.
I simply printed the cards front and back on cardstock and cut them apart on the lines. You could also laminate the cards for added durability.
About once a week I pull out our number sequencing cards and let the kids put them in order. Eliya (4 years old) likes working only with zero through twenty while Emahry (7) and Jonathan (6) like to go to fifty or sixty and even occasionally to one hundred.
You can place the cards side by side in one LONG line or arrange them more like a hundreds chart with one to ten, eleven to twenty, twenty-one to thirty, and so on, in separate rows. The hundreds chart method saves space and also helps kids recognize the repeated pattern of the ones place but the long line helps cement just how much one hundred really is.