This week, inspired by the topic for the August Carnival of Natural Parenting – ‘Creating with Kids’ (which I will be participating in tomorrow), I have challenged myself to share 7 days of crafts I have made for or with my children. Here’s day 1 – The Peg Number Wheel!
I first found this idea on the blog Walking by the Way which has a section on creating preschool activity bags. You can see a photo of their number wheel here. My kids love pegs and would be so happy for me to willingly give them some to play with, rather than having to try to get stray ones that have fallen from the washing line. So I went for it, making a few changes along the way.
In addition to putting the number of dots in each segment, I wrote the name of each number out so that Keeyah (and eventually Amarii) will start to associate the numbers (which she knows) with it’s spelling in written form (which she is learning to recognise).
I gave ours a blast of the rainbow by using some of the kids colouring pencils which became brighter after being laminated.
After putting the numbers on each peg with permanent marker, I realised that if I were to do this again I would place them the other way so that when they are pegged they read correctly when facing out. (see photo below)
This activity has several learning aspects. Firstly recognising the numbers, counting the dots to match them, learning the spelling of numbers and the fine motor skill development from opening and closing the pegs. It’s also great fun! I loved making this and really enjoyed being with Keeyah and offering guidance as she figures it all out.
Have fun with this one. Feel free to link up in the comments if you have made something similar or decide to copy this one.
See you tomorrow for my post on Creating in the Kitchen