This post was contributed by Georgina of Craftulate.
Make Number Learning Fun with a Parking Lot Numbers Game!
I saw an idea for a parking lot numbers game from Little Family Fun and knew that my son (27 months) would love it. But I wanted to make it so that he could also play independently as well as with my interaction.
How I Made Our Car Parking Numbers Game
I used a shallow box for the parking lot base, cutting a ramp into one edge so that the cars could “drive” in. Then I used number stickers to label F’s cars, and drew the same number of parking spaces onto the base of the box. I chose to use numbers 1-15, as F has a reasonable grasp of 1-10, so I wanted some to be easy to match, and then introduce some new words too. I need to make sure that he knows there is life past the number ten!
I gave him the box and the numbered cars and at first he was a little overwhelmed – I’d bought extra cars for this activity! But he soon figured out how the cars matched up with the parking spaces.
I called out each number for him when he picked up a car, and helped him if he couldn’t find where to park it. He’s an organized little boy and I knew once he started he would want to match up all the cars.
After I helped him with 11-15, all the cars were parked!
Then he decided he needed to neaten them up, turn them the same way round, and whatever else his ordered little mind required!
This was such an easy activity to set up and I know that we will get a lot of use out it. As soon as the sun comes out again we can also play with it outside!
Georgina is the founder and editor of Craftulate, writing about crafts and activities suitable for toddlers and young children. She also loves papercraft, sewing, and cooking.
I love how Georgina added the number stickers to make it more of an independent activity. Brilliant! I wish I had thought of this awesome number game when my Sawyer was still learning his numbers. I’ll have to remember it for J.C. when he’s a bit older! Thanks, Georgina. Can’t wait to see what else you have to share in the coming months!
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