Early Learning Number Fun with Sand Stamps
If you have preschoolers or early learners who have started to show an interest in learning the numbers 1 - 10, we found this hands on sand activity a fun way for kids to practice identifying number and even sequencing them in the correct order.
Here we used a plastic container and filled it with sand from our sand pit. The sand will need to be very compact and I can definitely recommend using wet sand if you want the number stamps to work.
We used play dough number stamps to create the number line 1 to 10 onto the sand. Then I wrote the numbers onto wooden craft sticks. If you don't have access to sand, this activity will work just as well with a thick layer of play dough.
Here, our little 3 and half year old rascal was simply picking up a craft stick and finding the corresponding sand stamp so she could push the stick into the sand to mark that number. She is at the very beginning stages of number learning so it was enough of a challenge to do this in any order. Children who are ready, could then move on to doing this activity in the correct number sequence.
In addition to to this activity, I also let her stamp the numbers herself. Using a small ruler, I showed her how to run it along the top of the sand, smoothing it all out again. She then set to work randomly stamping the numbers onto the sand and then matching them up with a crat stick.