1,2,3: Montessori Inspired Number Exploration

Learning numbers is something we all do sooner or later. I am not a big fan of learning too much too early but in my years of teaching experience I noticed that it is between 1+ and 3 years old the little once start showing interest in quantities and counting.

So I am happy to share with you a Montessori Inspired Number Exploration I use with toddlers who are already familiar with counting 1,2,3 and 1,2,3,4,5. This exploration prepares them from pre-writing and writing. And it also gives them a better idea of quantities.

Materials needed:

Number cards with a number in front and dots for quantity at the back

5 shells

5 paint brushes

5 cups

5 popsicles sticks

5 large buttons

And anything else you can think of!

How to explore the numbers:

1. Introduce the numbers or review them by slowing picking up each card and placing in front of your child. Have the child point and repeat.

2. Flip the card and use the dots to count again

3. Flip the cards back. Now take any of the objects and place them one by one on each card counting 1 to 5. Give the child enough time to work with the objects..

4. Flip the cards to the side with dots. Now pick any card with any number, count the dots and pick the same amount of one type of objects (for example, 5 dots – 5 shells), placing them next to the card. Give the child enough time to explore and count.

As an extension, the child can count how many buttons or shells you placed in a cup and find that number. 

You can also “paint” over each number or trace over it with an object to promote pre-writing. 

What is the purpose of this activity?

– Learning counting

– Getting familiar with numbers and quantity

– Logical skills

– Fine motor skills

– Pre-writing

31 Days of ABC 2017 | Alldonemonkey.com

It’s time again for another fantastic month of alphabet fun with the 31 Days of ABC!  All this month you can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their ideas with us in the coming days. So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Find more great resources in our series from past years: 31 Days of ABCs 2013, 2014, and 2016!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!

31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Early Literacy – Getting Started Teaching the Alphabet

A – October 2

Creative World of Varya: A Is for Aromatherapy for Kids

B – October 3

Hispanic Mama: B Is For Bilingual Baby Books

C – October 4

Witty Hoots: C Is for Cool Fingerprint Castle Keyrings Tutorial

D – October 5

Teach Me Mommy: D Is for Dinosaurs DIY Sensory Bin

E – October 6

E Is for Environmental Print to Develop Literacy

F – October 7

Look! We’re Learning! F Is for Printable Farm Paper Bag Puppets

G – October 8

All Done Monkey: G Is for Go

H – October 9

All Done Monkey: H Is for Hello/Hola

I – October 10

Jeddah Mom: I Is for Ice Cream Craft and Sorting Activity

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: J is for Jirafa (Giraffe) – Spanish Coloring Page

K – October 12

Pennies of Time: K Is for Kindness

L – October 13

Schooling Active Monkeys: L Is for Lion Craft

M – October 14

Sugar, Spice & Glitter: M Is for Madeline Craft

N – October 15

All Done Monkey: N Is for Nature Crafts

O – October 16

Kitchen Counter Chronicles: O Is for Owl Bookmark Printable

P – October 17

Creative World of Varya: P Is for Phonological Awareness in Toddlers

Q – October 18

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Q Is for Quito’s Middle of the World Monument Kids Craft

R – October 19

JDaniel4’sMom: R Is for Decorating Robots in Sensory Bags

S – October 20

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: S Is for Spanish Resources for Kids

T – October 21

Sand In My Toes: T Is for DIY Truck Puzzle

U – October 22

The Educators’ Spin On it: U Is for Unicorn

V – October 23

CrArty: V Is for Van Gogh

W – October 24

My Story Time Corner: W Is for Wheels on the Bus Story Study for Toddlers

X – October 25

In the Playroom: X Marks the Spot – Word and Letter Treasure Hunt

Y – October 26

Teach Me Mommy: Y Is for Yarn Lacing Matching Letters and Words

Z – October 27

Bambini Travel: Z Is for Zoo Animals Learning Activities for All Ages

123’s – October 28

Creative World of Varya: Montessori Inspired Printable

Prewriting – October 29

Witty Hoots

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

Witty Hoots: Top 5 List

Printables – October 31

Royal Baloo and Logi-Bear Too

Learning numbers with stickers

Yesterday my tots and I were heavily engaged into the sticker activity: we were getting acquainted with numbers and learning how to say them in English. Truth to be told, in my tot class I don’t push learning so much. Their main purpose is to listen to English, play and enjoy themselves. However, from time to time I introduce naming activities, we do crafts and they still learn through this process.

I am always on lookout for simple activities that will not only help the children with the general development (fine-gross motor skills, coordination etc) and language development, but also give them some knowledge about things around (nature, household items, numbers, colors, alphabet etc).

numbers and flower

Learning numbers with stickers is simple and fun.

You will need:

Sheets of stickers with numbers

(I used those puffy ones that are easy to re-stick on any surface)


Magnet board with magnet numbers


Flashcards with numbers

How to do it:

1. Each child gets a notebook with his/her name. This makes the child feel it is a very special activity and at the end you collect these notebooks and keep them for the next time and other similar activities.

2. Slowly introduce the numbers by placing the magnets on the board. Remove them and repeat a few more times (or use the flashcards and put them on some sort of display).

3. Now have the children stick each number after you show and name the number on the board/flashcard. Give the children some time and it doesn’t matter how straight they stick them into their books – as long as they try to maintain the order.

4. Stop after each number and let the child touch it, trace it with the finger and try to name it.

5. At the end, let the children explore the stickers for as long as they like, explain that they are welcome to take them off and stick on other pages.

We spent good 25-30 minutes with these stickers!

Hope you enjoy this activity. Let me know how it goes!