Thursday, October 02, 2014

Simple Fine Motor Counting Math Tray {Fine Motor Fridays}

Of all the toys that I have made for the boys, these jumbo foam numbers have probably been the most popular. They have been great for lots of math activities in the past, but this particular fine motor math tray was inspired by my preschooler's (I still can't believe K is considered a preschooler now!) love for clothespins. It's a great way to work on fine motor skills while practicing number recognition and counting.

Fine motor math and counting tray for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

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This math tray required no prep. I simply grabbed our homemade foam numbers and some wooden clothespins. The task is quite simple too. Simply clip on the correct number of clothespins onto the foam numbers.

Fine motor counting for toddlers and preschoolers using clothespins from And Next Comes L

This math tray was the perfect activity for my brand new three year old. He's been a pro-star at counting for a long time, just like his older brother, but he loved the added challenge of using clothespins. Opening and closing those clothespins is quite the fine motor workout!

Counting clothespins: fine motor math tray for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Counting clothespins: fine motor math tray for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Counting clothespins: fine motor math tray for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

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Want more more fine motor fun? Be sure to check out these other Fine Motor Fridays posts:

Fine Motor Pumpkin Patch from House of Burke
Salt Painting from Powerful Mothering
Googly Eye Pumpkins from Craftulate
Lion's Mane Cutting Activity from School Time Snippets
Spidery Fine Motor Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands
Jack-O-Lantern Geoboard from Still Playing School
Fall Leaf Color Sort Felt Mat from Stir the Wonder

Fine motor math and counting tray for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L
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9 comments:

  1. How simple and awesome is this?! Love it!

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    1. Simple activities are always the best, aren't they?!

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  2. Love the simplicity of this activity! I think I need to make some foam numbers now!

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    1. Do it! The foam numbers work great for water play too!

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  3. Great idea! Do you use a font to make your numbers or just write them by hand?

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    1. I used a foam mat as my template. You can see how I made the numbers here: http://www.andnextcomesl.com/2013/04/large-homemade-foam-numbers.html

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