Monday, April 08, 2013

Large Homemade Foam Numbers

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Approximately two years ago, I made J a set of large foam numbers (two of each digit).  Why?  Well, he would often spend hours playing with the numbers from our foam play mat, which only has the numbers 0-9.  I noticed that he would practice his number sequencing, having to skip over numbers like 11 or 22 because he only had one of each number.  I decided to make him a new set of numbers so that he could happily count to larger numbers without having to skip over the double digit numbers.

Large homemade foam numbers for hands on number learning from And Next Comes L

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I used the numbers from our foam play mat as a template, tracing their shape onto the craft foam.  Then I cut out the numbers.  These numbers have been super durable.  Like I said, we have already had them in rotation for two years now.  You will see that a few numbers have been repaired with tape over the years, but other than that, they are in great shape.

When playing with these numbers in the past, J would usually just sort and organize them to make different number combinations or he would count by ones starting at zero.  He would usually just play with them on the floor like so...

Large homemade foam numbers from And Next Comes L

J, however, hasn't played with these numbers for a few months now as they have been buried at the bottom of our busy bag box.  I decided to pull them out the other day, but presented them in a new way (K was napping at this point).  I pulled out the couch in our living room so that J could access the large window in our living room.  I then placed the numbers in a tray of water so that he could play with them on the window.  Craft foam sticks when wet!

Playing with homemade foam numbers in water from And Next Comes L

Large homemade foam numbers stick to windows when wet from And Next Comes L

Large homemade foam numbers stick to windows when wet from And Next Comes L

He ended up playing on the window for quite a while, but eventually returned to his normal method of playing with them on the floor.  However, they would be a fun addition to bath time too!  We have also used this foam numbers as part of this book based sensory bin.

Large homemade foam numbers for hands on number learning from And Next Comes L

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