When my daughter was 3 years old, we made an easy and fun 太阳 (tài yáng / sun) craft to learn about numbers! This number-matching sunshine craft may seem simple, but it’s packed with learning opportunities for toddlers and preschoolers!
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Developmental skills reviewed include:
- Shape recognition
- Number matching
- Introduction to clock face
- Fine motor skills (cutting, taping)
What you need for the number matching paper plate sun:
- Yellow paint
- Paper plate
- Construction paper
How to set up the number matching paper plate sun:
- Paint paper plate.
- Write clock numbers on plate. For symmetry, first write numbers 三 (sān / 3)，六 (liù / 6)，九 (jiǔ / 9)，十二 (shí’èr / 12). Then fill in the other numbers.
- Cut 12 triangles from construction paper.
- Write numbers on each triangle.
- Tape triangle to corresponding number.
***Since Chinese is the minority language for our family, I wrote the numbers in Chinese to encourage us to speak in Chinese.
We had a great time working on this number matching activity in our backyard, enjoying the beautiful sunshine and fresh air!
Have you tried number matching with a paper plate sun?
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