Children are capable of learning so much through play and their everyday interactions with you at home. I love working in learning activities into our daily life to encourage my children to learn and explore at their pace in a low-stress way. This number path learning to count activity can be used for crawling infants, walking toddlers and preschoolers. It is one of those kids activities that work for multiple ages.
To create the number path, you only need 3 supplies. For children who learn best with gross motor activity, this is a great one-and so simple-to try.
How to Make the Number Path Learning to Count Activity
Construction paper, 5 pieces
Tape (masking or clear packing tape)
- Cut pieces of construction paper in half.
- Write one number on each piece of construction paper so you have numbers 1-10 written.
- Tape the numbers onto the floor in order with a little bit of space in between each paper.
For crawlers and toddlers, you can keep the pieces of paper closer together since their movements are not as big. For preschoolers, to make the game a bit more of a gross motor exercise, leave more space in between the numbers and your child can try to jump to each number.
When you tape the numbers to the floor, you can put a couple pieces of tape on the back of each paper, or tape the edges down completely to prevent younger ones from pulling up the numbers.
You can see my toddlers eventually did start pulling up the numbers from our number path learning to count activity. They just helped me clean it up!
As they walked along the path, I let them go at their pace first. I told them they were walking on numbers and pointed to each one, counting in order.
When they walked the path in reverse order, I counted the numbers in descending order.
With my older two, we had the number path on the floor for a few days. With the twins, it lasted about 20 minutes. J This learning to count activity is so easy to create, and you can use scrap pieces of paper if you do not have construction paper.
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Enjoy your time at home!