Number Matching Paper Plate Sun – Fun Counting Activity for Kids!

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!

Number Matching Paper Plate Sun - Fun Counting Activity for Kids!

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Developmental skills reviewed include:

  • Shape recognition
  • Number matching
  • Counting
  • Introduction to clock face
  • Fine motor skills (cutting, taping)

What you need for the number matching paper plate sun:

  1. Yellow paint
  2. Paper plate
  3. Construction paper
  4. Markers
  5. Tape
Number Matching Paper Plate Sun - Fun Counting Activity for Kids!

How to set up the number matching paper plate sun:

  1. Paint paper plate.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut 12 triangles from construction paper.
  4. Write numbers on each triangle.
  5. 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.

Number Matching Paper Plate Sun - Fun Counting Activity for Kids!

We had a great time working on this number matching activity in our backyard, enjoying the beautiful sunshine and fresh air!

Number Matching Paper Plate Sun - Fun Counting Activity for Kids!

Have you tried number matching with a paper plate sun?

If you try this number matching activity with your child, please let us know!  Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook.

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