This number scavenger hunt is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It.
Making an investment in wooden puzzles is one of the smartest things you can do as a parent for your child. However, at times they sit on the toy shelf and we wonder if there are other ways to use the puzzles. Here is a playful way to use your wooden puzzles in a way you may not have thought of before. PLUS sneak in a little number recognition too!
Number Scavenger Hunt Game
One fun way to use your puzzles is to encourage your child to play a scavenger hunt game with you. It’s a great way to assess and build their number recognition and use your wooden puzzle.
Here’s how to play the game…
- Grab numbers 0-20 or use the Melissa & Doug Chunky Number Puzzle.
- Encourage your child to close their eyes as you hide the numbers either indoors or explore outdoors.
- For younger children use a small area and fewer numbers.
- Choose a fun location to make a different spin on the game. We selected outdoors, to run around too.
- Once your child locates a number encourage them to bring it back to the puzzle board to place accordingly.
- As your child returns with the numbers they located, encourage them to verbally identify the numbers.
- If they are working on number recognition, role model the words “Look, you found the 7!” or “Wow, this is a 10!”
- Make the game a little more interesting by adding a Kids’ Flashlight and search for numbers with it.
Extension Idea: Create your Own Number Book
To extend the fun you can create your own Photo Number Book. You can take pictures of where the numbers are hiding, and then print them out with your child. It’s a creative way to use your puzzle in a different way – PLUS you are working on number recognition, positional words and building vocabulary and literacy skills. Here are some more ways to extend your Scavenger Hunt with a Rainy Day Number Hunt.
Hope you have fun with your Number Scavenger Hunt! Providing your child with various activities using different modes of learning can help them build confidence in their number recognition skills.
Kim Vij is an early childhood educator and mom of three. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities at The Educators’ Spin On It and award winning Pinterest Boards.
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