Number Pin-Up | Preschool Math and Fine Motor Control




Is it just me? Or do games that your children have a hand in creating give your kids a little more interest? This is a game that the red head and I worked on a few weeks ago. To create this game, we cut cardstock into fourths and then placed stickers corresponding to each numeral I had written on the clothes pins. The redhead chose all princess stickers of course. I had to help her with placement and counting, but that is all part of the learning process.



The object of this game is to place the right clothespin on the card. Sounds easy enough huh? Not when you are just learning to count! I mixed up the cards and had her pick one from my hand just for fun. You could lay them face down or even face up. It really doesn’t matter. The objectives of this game are the counting, identifying the numbers, and manipulating the clothes pins. Just don’t let the dog eat them!



Once she picked a card, I helped her count by placing her finger on each princess (see video). One of the things that really surprised me when I first started teaching my kids was that they didn’t automatically go from right to left and from top to bottom. Learning this order is important in math and in most languages. Once you’ve done it with them several times, they will catch on. Be persistent, but not insistent about this if your child doesn’t want to cooperate. If your little one gets frustrated and starts crying, just put it up and come back to it later, but guide her hand until she gets it.




Once you’ve determined the number of stickers on the card, the next step is to choose the corresponding clothespin. I put them all in order and counted until I got to 3. Then I removed that clothespin and left the space empty. With subsequent cards, I counted the clothespins again and talked about how we had already found the “3” as I touched the empty space. Later on, she will be able to pick out the number with the clothespins randomly placed on the table, but for now, we are working on associating the written number with the numeral.

The redhead found putting the pins on the cards difficult at first so I helped a little. She was a pro by the time she got all the cards done! At the end, we placed all the cards in order and counted them again.

Do you make up games for your kids?

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue



Domino Math


This is a game the whole family can enjoy instead of boring drills.


Spread dominoes out face down.





Pick up one domino. Count the dots on each side. Then count all the dots. Say 2 + 4 = 6



Pick up a domino. Repeat the steps for the counter level and then write the answer on a piece of paper. On the next turn, add your second answer to your first. The person who gets to 50 first wins. When this is easy, add 2 dominoes together and race to 100 or 500.



Pull 2 dominoes. Subtract the smaller from the larger. When this is easy. Put 100 on a sheet of paper. Pick 1 domino and subtract it from 100. On the next turn subtract your pull from the number you got on the previous turn. The first one to get to 0 wins. This can be made more challenging by starting with 500 or 1000, picking 2 dominoes, adding them together and subtracting the result.



Pull 2 dominoes. multiply them together. Add your answers on a sheet of paper. First one who gets to 1000 wins. Or start with 1000 on the sheet and subtract answers.


The whole family can play this at the same time. Just set different goals for each player according to their level.