Maths

# Number Line fun

We recently brought some foam number and letter puzzle mats at Tesco’s (very reasonable and the number mat doubles as a hopscotch mat). J loves his numbers as well and is getting really good at recognising them. So when it was sunny I got the numbers out of the mats and we had some fun.

Removing all of the numbers from the puzzle pieces I laid them out randomly on the grass – I love this number set as the 6 and the 9 are vert distinct which makes it easier for J to recognise which is which – J then set about putting the numbers in order.

J putting the numbers in order

It was interesting to see – each of his numbers had to touch the previous number and were very neatly lined up – that was until T came along and as you can see from the title picture rearranged and removed most of them from the line.

J adding the last couple of numbers to his line

We have explored putting the numbers in numerical order forwards and backwards – but there are so many possibilities for the number lines, you could do odd’s, even’s counting in 2’s etc…

### 16 comments to Number Line fun

• This looks like something my own preschool sidekick would enjoy! I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
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• We’re loving the different activities that we can do with the same foam mats

• What a simple, fun learning activity!
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• I’m really enjoying the start of this new phase of I want to learn “stuff”

• What a fantastic idea! x
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• Thank you – it’s so easy to set up as well which is a real bonus

• We’ve just ordered both mat sets as part of our voucher exchange order. Looks like a fun game for the three of you
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• We got the alphabet one as well – they are really good value – we haven’t opened it yet as we are having so much run with the numbers at the moment.

• ooo these look like fun. i should get some. did you get them online? Becca
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• Hi Becca – I got them from Tesco’s in the UK But you can get similar ones from Amazon as well

• Oooh we have one of these hopscotch mats. I must dig it out for when it is warmer,if ever.
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• […] the first he found the numbers out of order – which ever he found he then had to place in a number line on the ground […]

• Hi Cerys,
My name is Abby and my boyfriend and I run a free teaching resources website called Early Learning HQ. I was wondering if you might have a little look at the number lines we offer on our site? You can find them here: http://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/numeracy/numberlines/.

If you like them perhaps you would consider linking to our page? We make all the resources ourselves in a small office in Swansea and it would be nice to share them with more people :).

Let me know if there are any resources I can make for you, I always like to get new ideas!

Many thanks (and Merry Christmas!)
Abby

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