DIY – Number Monster: a fun counting activity for toddlers

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If your child gets easily bored with numbers here’s a fun DIY project that will make counting a whole lot more fun & engaging for your child.

I have a Montessori going child. At one of my visits to her school, I was told that she was easily bored by counting activities. I understood the need for her to begin recognizing numbers and came upon this idea of a number monster. I remembered seeing cereal box shadow theatre sets etc on the internet. I planned a number monster using a cereal box that was lying unused.

Step by step instructions

1. Cover the cereal box with brown paper or any paper of your choice. I used an old paper bag.

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2. Draw out details like eyes, patterns and the mouth of the monster.

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3. Cut out the mouth of the monster using a cutter. The space should be sufficient for printable cards to.

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4. Paint over all the details with water colour paints. Leave to dry.

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5. Print out your number cards. There are lots of options available online.

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How to use your Number Monster

1. Spread out the number cards before your child.

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2. The line we use is – I am the number monster. I love eating numbers. I am very hungry right now. Little girl can you feed me number 5 please! (Change the number as you go by)

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3. I use a monstrous voice, just to make the game sound authentic.
4. My daughter learnt to recognize her numbers in a week!

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