This Clothespin Counting Card activity is a wonderful way to introduce counting, learn about quantities and familiarize with numbers. It’s also great for improving and exercising fine motor skills, cognitive skills as well as for learning colors. It’s fantastic overall, especially the fact that it takes less than 5 minutes to prep 🙂
I love activities that are super quick to prep and don’t require many materials. I’m always super excited to share these types of activities with you because I know no one has the time for long set-ups and runs to craft supply stores. We’re all busy and have a ton to do, but kids and their education are priority also. So that’s why I love simple, quick-to-set up activities that will engage a child, help them learn and improve a wide range of developmental areas all at once and is plain fun! You guessed it, this Clothespin Counting Cards activity is everything!
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MATERIALS for Clothespin counting cards:
- Start by cutting out 5 (up to the number you’ll be using) squares/rectangles (approx. 3″x 4″) out of the white cardstock.
- Next, using the colored permanent markers, number each card 1-5 using different colors for each card.
- Now, add the corresponding number of dots at the side (this usually helps the toddlers, can skip for preschoolers).
- Lastly, color the correct number of clothespin with the corresponding color.
What is my child learning and improving?
- Counting (this activity helps the child see the number visually and count out loud the correct quantity of clothespins)
- Numbers (familiarizing and memorizing numbers, the way they look, their order, their quantity)
- Colors (this activity focuses on colors too by allowing the child to match the clothespins to the correct “colored” counting card)
- Fine motor skills (pinching the small clothespins to clip onto the number card)
- Cognitive skills (thinking, analyzing each number, counting, comparing, matching)