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One of the things we’ve been working on this week is having our five year old daughter learn my cell phone number. I feel so much better now that she knows it and will be able to contact me on my phone. While we were working on it, I came up with this fun and easy game to learn a phone number. It also works great as a game for learning numbers.
- 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
- paper cutter
- black marker
- bean bags
I began by cutting the paper in half horizontally with my favorite paper cutter. Of course, if you don’t have a rockin’ paper cutter like me (thanks, Mom!), you could use scissors. And extra large index cards would probably work well also.
Then I wrote the numbers 0-9 onto the paper. For some reason I thought writing the numbers would be quicker than just printing them off the computer. Yeah, not so much. So you can either write them if you’re feeling creative or just print the things off and save yourself some time. 😉
You can choose to laminate your numbers at this point. I didn’t at first, but once I realized all the different ways I could use the number cards, I knew they needed to be laminated for later use. And why yes, I do have a favorite laminator as well. Has my nerd factor just gone off the charts?
Next, you will want tape the numbers onto a large open area on your floor in the order you would find them on a phone.
Now for the fun part! Have your children toss bean bags – or other objects that do not bounce or roll when thrown – onto the digits of the phone number they are learning in the correct sequence. We didn’t have enough bean bags, so we used a juggling ball and a koosh ball too.
To get the wiggles out, my kiddos practiced the phone number by jumping to each number in the correct sequence. This is where lamination comes in very handy! You could also play a variation of this with the “pop” learning game I shared last year. Even our three year old was able to enjoy this game by practicing simple number recognition.
And because the fun and learning never stop around here, we turned the game into our own version of Twister with numbers! This is good for number recognition and practicing left versus right.
You can find more ways to teach children their phone number here. The post includes songs, crafts, and more for learning both phone numbers and addresses! Do you have any fun ways you practice learning phone numbers with your children? We’d love to hear about them!
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