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.

Creating number lines with foam numbersRemoving 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.

making a number line

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.

making number lines

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…

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum


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    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:

    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!)

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