My preschoolers love to play with rocks! I made these number rocks over a year ago, and they’re still a hit with the children. They’re perfect for a variety of hands-on math activities like, such as one-to-one correspondence.
This post was originally written for B-Inspired Mama.
Rocks (I used river rocks)
I started off by painting ten of the river rocks with white paint. Once the white had dried, I added different quantities of dots to each rock. Each rock held its own amount of dots, from zero up to nine.
As the quantity rocks were drying, I worked on the numeral rocks. These I left black, as a contrast to the white stones. I used different colors to paint numbers on each rock, again from zero to nine.
Once all of the rocks were dry, I went back and sealed all of them. This has helped keep the paint from chipping too much as kids handle them.
how to use number rocks for hands-on math activities
There are numerous ways to use these number rocks in preschool. Below are just a few examples:
- Have children order the numeral rocks from zero to nine. They can do the same with the quantity rocks, too.
- The kiddos can match each numeral to the correct quantity rock. So the rock with the number 9 on it would get matched to the rock with nine dots on it.
- Let the children use the numeral rocks to make larger numbers. For example, kids can put 1 and 5 together to create 15 (or 51).
- The children can match up other objects to the numeral and quantity rocks, too. So they can match the number 7 rock to the rock with 7 dots, then add 7 unifix cubes beside the rocks.
How would you use these number rocks with your children/students? I’d love to hear more ideas for hands-on math in the comments below!