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How to Teach Kids About Matching Numbers
Teaching Kids to Match Numbers to Sets or Other Numbers
There are a variety of number matching skills that your child will need to master before moving on to higher level math concepts. Ensuring these skills are mastered when the child is young promotes success in later math teaching. Below are several of the initial matching math concepts a child needs to learn and some ideas for games and activities that can be used to teach them. Teaching a child to match numbers can be fun!
Matching Numbers to Sets
Printable Dominoes make a good resource for printing sets of dots, as the dots are always arranged in the same predictable pattern: Dominoe Dots.
I printed these out these dominoe dot cards and used them to label the garages matching game below. The game teaches matching of numbers, or numerals, to a set of objects, in this case dots. You can also use real dominoes to match a set of dots to another set of dots of an equal number.
Matching Numbers Car Game
How to Make a Matching Numbers Game from Recycled Materials
You can make this car game by reusing old cardboard milk cartons, or any reusable item that has a flat bottom, such as a box. You are going to make garages out of the boxes, so the bottom will need to sit flat on a table, or counter, so the cars may drive in.
What You Will Need:
*Used milk cartons, or small boxes
*Clear contact paper, or tape
*White contact paper, or construction paper
*Small labeling stickers
*Small velcro dots
1. Cut the top off the milk carton. I usually cut the first one, then mark the height of the others to be cut with a marker so that I can get them all equal heights.
2. Cover the recycled milk cartons with white contact paper, or construction paper.
3. Print the >dot cards with 1-4 dotsfrom the internet. Laminate them with tape or contact paper.
4. Use velcro dots to attach the dot cards to the milk carton garages.
5. Use a small sticker to label the cars with numbers 1-4.
Directions to Play:
Objectives - Matching numbers with groups
- Visual Spotting
1. Have the child choose a car.
2. Ask them what the number on the car is.
3. If they answer incorrectly, tell them the right number.
4. Ask them which garage it goes in.
5. After they point to a garage, have them count the number of dots to be sure they are right. If they are correct, have them drive the car into the garage. If they are incorrect, guide them to the correct garage. Keep playing! When the child can spot all garages correctly, 3 consecutive times with no guidance or instruction from you, they have mastered the game.
Variation: This game helps the child learn to match numbers, or numerals with a set of objects. It also encourages visual spotting of groups of objects, which is another important math concept to master. A variation of this game can be made by removing the velcro dots (that's why I recommend using velcro) and having the child match the number on the car with cards of a matching number. Matching a number 4 with another number 4 doesn't seem like a difficult concept to master, but it is a skill that should be tested before moving on to higher match concepts. This game will help you and your child do that.
Toys for Teaching this Concept
If you prefer not to make the game, but like the car number matching idea, you can purchase a car garage and label the cars and garage doors in the set with number and dot labels.
Matching Number Cards
How to Make Your Own Matching Numbers Flash Cards
Flash cards are a great way to teach matching numbers to other numbers, to sets of objects, or to words. Here are some of the best places online to find free flashcards that may be downloaded and printed at home.
The number flashcards can be printed for free. Use them to match a 5 with a 5, or put 5 stickers on an index card and match the number 5 to a card with 5 objects.
Matching Number to Number Worksheets
Matching Numbers YouTube Video
This video explains how to make number cards (with numerals or words) so the kids might attach the correct number of links to them. Making a game of matching numbers helps if seem like fun rather than work. You can do this by attaching links, as shown in the video, or attaching paper clips or clothes pins. The kids get some fine motor exercise in addition to learning to match numerals to objects, or number words to objects.
Number Matching Games at Amazon.com
These games are well-known for reinforcing number matching kids for kids. Play them often after your child acquires his new number matching skills to help him retain the concept.