If you have a preschooler at home, chances are you’ve heard of Numberblocks. It’s one of those brilliant programmes that kids and grownups love. It shows children that learning numbers is lots of fun.
We’re huge fans of Numberblocks at Giggly – we've created our own exclusive Numberblocks products, including fun Numberblocks blocks, play and learn activity cards, and the Numberblocks Maths Programme.
How to make your own Numberblocks craft
You will need:
- This Numberblocks downloadable PDF
- Between 3 and 10 boxes
- Coloured paper, wrapping paper, tissue paper or foil
Print out the sheet of facial features and accessories.
Find between 3 and 10 boxes. You can use anything in your recycling bin as long as they are roughly the same size and will stack on top of each other. For example, you could use tea and other food packaging. Or, try a selection of bigger delivery boxes to make a supersized Numberblock.
Cover each box with coloured paper. Wrap it like a present and secure with tape.
Choose which eyes, mouths and accessories to cut out and glue to the boxes to finish the Numberblock. If you don’t have a printer, you can draw and cut out features instead.
Stack the boxes but don’t glue them together. Now, use them to play these games!
5 maths games to play with your Numberblock!
You can also play these games with the blocks in our Numberblocks gift set.
1. Take turns hiding the boxes around the room. Give clues using positional words (behind, under, and so on) or ‘getting warmer/colder’ to help each other find them, counting blocks as you go.
2. See who else is hiding inside your Numberblock. For example, in Numberblock Four, you can find Three and One or Two and Two. (You might like to say “I’m Three and I’m a part, I’m One and I’m a part, and the whole of me is Four!” like in the episode Whole of Me.)
3. Do some silly counting of your blocks – skip a number out, start at 2 instead of 1, go backwards or past the total and see if your little one can tell you what you’re doing wrong and how to get it right.
4. Find ‘numbery things’ your new Numberblock might like – Two likes pairs of things, Four likes squares, Five likes gloves or a snack of five pieces of fruit.
5. Count the boxes into a tower and then knock them down. (Perfect for toddlers!)
It’s easy to create your very own Numberblock, and aside from teaching maths skills, this craft gives your child the chance to exercise their creativity too. By stacking and sticking together the boxes and cutting out the facial features, they’ll also be developing the fine motor skills they need to help them with pencil control. As you cover your craft in tissue paper or tin foil, talk to your little one about the sounds and textures of the material – what describing words can they use?