Number rocks are another great way to practice and develop hands-on math skills in preschool and incorporate nature! Kids love rocks, so why not let them combine nature and math activities, such as one to one correspondence.
Here's what you'll need:
- Rocks (River rocks are great or any flat or small rock)
- Acrylic paints
- Acrylic sealer or Mod Podge
- Select 10 river rocks and paint them white (optional)
- Once the white has dried, you can add different quantities of dots to each rock with a variety of different colors. Each rock then has it's own amount of dots.
- As the quantity rocks are drying, you can work on the numeral rocks. You can paint them any color, then use a contrasting color to paint the numbers on each rock, one to ten.
- Once all the rocks are dry you can then seal them. This is optional but may help in preserving them over time.
Now your kids can match each numeral to the correct quantity rock. Number 8 rock would get matched with the rock with 8 dots on it. There are so many ways to use these rocks! You can line them up to count and identify numerals, you can put them together to create larger numbers such as 15, pair them with other objects in nature such as acorns, pebbles, sticks and so on. Enjoy and have fun with this activity!