Number Matching Race

 

As a little learning activity to burn off some energy while reviewing numbers, we recently did a Number Matching Race in the backyard.

It was very easy to set up {even though E chose to turn sorting the numbers in preparation for this activity into its own activity}, even easier to take down, and E really had fun with it – a perfect activity 🙂

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

(E was 4 years and 4 months old.)

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Materials for Number Matching Race

  • Number foam stickers. {These look similar to the ones we had. Feel free to substitute with any other kind of numbers – they need to be neither sticky nor foam 😉 However, the stickers were pretty convenient because there were several of each number in different colors, they’re a nice size, easy to carry around, and I know we can use them for other activities in the future.}
  • Chalk.
  • Containers to hold the numbers (optional).
  • Kids’ vehicle(s) (optional).

 

We had a nice big bag of letters and numbers that E spent a good long time sorting and playing with before we were ready for this number matching race.

Each number was available in four colors, so in the end, she sorted numbers 0-9 of each color into plastic containers.

We placed the containers in four different spots in the backyard,

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

and I wrote the first number in chalk in a spot that E had decided on earlier.

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

She then got on her motorcycle and rode it as fast as she could to each of the four containers to find the matching numbers.

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

Once she had them all, she rode back to where I’d written the chalk number and placed the number stickers next to it.

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

After she’d repeated this for several other numbers, she decided that she wanted to write the next number herself – she settled on number zero.

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

At that point, she’d gotten tired of riding her motorcycle, so it was now a foot race 😉

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

She kept going, carefully matching one number after the other {and writing a few other things on those tiles 😉 } until all the stickers had been sorted.

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

E really enjoyed herself, and as usual found joy in the little things, like how nice the 6s looked stacked on top of each other 🙂

 

Gross Motor Learning Activities for Kids: Number Matching Race

 

Learning numbers combined with gross motor fun was a big hit!

 

Here’s another gross motor learning activity that also works great with numbers:

Alphabet Hop

 

What’s your favorite way of combining learning with gross motor activities? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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