Chalk numbers is a fun activity that exposes children to numbers while building strong, learning relationships. Using numbers in everyday play will help children to become familiar with them, building an understanding of number patterns and mathematical concepts. Learning without realising they are learning is the best way to learn!
1 Write a number on concrete with chalk.
2. Ask children to use the paintbrush and water to trace the number on to the concrete.
3. Repeat the first step and offer children to opportunity to choose the number that is drawn or invite them to draw the number themselves.
Extension of the activity
- Create a number garden on concrete using chalk and then use a watering can to water it.
- Invite children to use a spray bottle instead of a paintbrush to paint the chalk numbers.
- Water balloon number match
- Read counting books The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Ten in the Bed.
- Use erupting number squeeze bottles (a mixture of cornflour, baking soda, food colouring, squeeze bottles and vinegar) to create numbers on concrete.