Today, I’m going to show you how to DIY a Velcro puzzle for kids learning Chinese numbers. This activity is educational for toddlers and school-aged kids, yet durable enough for baby siblings! Number recognition will come easily with this project through tracing, cutting, and matching.
We made double-sided puzzle cards to conserve materials, but you can make single-sized puzzle cards for more versatility (eg, play memory game). The end product withstood aggressive handling by baby brother, so 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child) was relieved about that!
What you need:
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- Felt sheets (I like these felt sheets with adhesive backing because are stiff, durable, and easy to paste together)
- Foam sheets
- Sharpie marker
- Numbers template (free download for subscribers in the Printables Library)
What to do:
- Paste 2 felt sheets together to make a thick card
- Using the template, trace numbers on felt sheet
- Using the template, trace numbers on foam sheets
- Cut foam sheets
- Affix Velcro to felt & foam
- Match numbers to corresponding number outline over and over again!
- Model counting out loud for your child, and ask her to count out loud:
yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā…
Explain to your child that it is important to practice counting Chinese out loud and make a habit of counting carefully without rushing
- Sort by odd numbers and even numbers together
If you try this activity, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram. Happy learning, friends!