Number Fun Skip Count Writing Recognition Activities Digits Poem Add Subtract Multiply

There are only ten digits that repeat themselves to make all numbers. It’s essential for children to learn how to write and identify these digits. Children will enjoy reciting the following poem that explains how to write each digit. You can tape large numbers on the floor, and have the children walk on them the way they would write them, as they recite this poem.


Number 1 is like a stick
a straight line down
that’s very quick!

For number 2
go right around
then make a line
across the ground!

Go right around
What will it be?
Go round again
to make a 3!

Down and over
and down some more
That’s the way
to make a 4!

Go down and around
then you stop
Finish the 5
with a line on top!

Make a curve
then a loop
There are no tricks
to making a 6!

Across the sky
and down from heaven
That’s the way
to make a 7!

Make a “S”
And then don’t wait
Climb up again
to make an 8!

Make a loop
And then a line
That’s the way
to make a 9!

Make a 1
and then an “o”
10 are all your fingers
you know!

Use golf tees and foam board to practice forming numbers. Kids love this hands-on activity.

Have the children walk around a line of chairs. Place a number on each chair. When the music stops, everyone sits on a chair and holds their number up. The children take turns identifying the numbers.

Place numbered, poster board pinecones onto a small Christmas tree. The children take turns grabbing a pinecone and identifying the number on the back. For added fun everyone can jump in place to match the pinecone number. If you want an activity that can be done in their seat, the children can count out a number of objects to match the pinecone number. To take this activity to the next level, have a child pick 2 pinecone numbers to add together. Variations include subtraction and multiplication.

Have your child make a large dot-to-dot number on poster board for the body of the puppet. Add a head and accordion arms and legs. You can use your imagination and add yarn for hair, buttons for eyes, etc. Punch a hole in the head and attach a string. Bop your number person up and down to dance.


1 plus 1 is 2 That’s so true, I said 2.
2 plus 2 is 4 Yes, that’s more, I said 4.
3 plus 3 is 6 That’s the mix, I said 6.
4 plus 4 is 8 Don’t be late, I said 8.
5 plus 5 is 10 Come on men, I said 10.
6 plus 6 is 12 It’s time to shelve the number 12.
7 plus 7 is 14 Don’t be mean, it’s 14.
8 plus 8 is 16 It’s so keen, It’s 16.
9 plus 9 is 18 Have you seen? It’s 18.
10 plus 10 is 20 Come rhyme with me, up to 20.

A great way to help kids learn their 3 times table is to teach them skip counting by 3’s. See how fast they learn skip counting by 3’s when you teach them this simple rhyme. You may even want to create a little dance to go with the rhyme. Remember, the more senses a child uses to learn something; the more he will be able to retain.

Skip, skip, skip, count by 3.
Skip, skip, skip, count with me!

3, 6, and then there’s 9.
Now repeat, that’s just fine!

12, 15, then 18.
Don’t be mean, count 18.

21, 24, 27.
Count straight up, up to heaven.

30, 33, 36.
Just for kicks, get in the mix.

Skip, skip, skip, count by 3.
Skip, skip, skip, count with me!

Write 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, and 48 on light colored vinyl squares. Tape the squares to the floor to prevent slipping. Have your child jump onto each square and call out the number. You can vary this activity to practice skip counting all their multiplication tables. You’ll be surprised how fast they learn them.

Enjoy numbers with your children. They can play, have fun, and learn about numbers at the same time. The possibilities are endless.