We play UNO a lot, which helps a lot with number recognition. However, I notice when we’re playing that he gets stuck on the number 8 often.
This simple number maze reinforces learning a single number (or letter, sight word, shape, color, etc) in one setting.
Find more ways for preschoolers to learn to recognize numbers, count and one to one correspondence here.
George won’t forget the number 8 now after following it through the maze!
I made a number maze by writing a grid of numbers on butcher paper – or art paper (affiliate link). You can do this smaller on just a sheet of regular paper too. But we like doing things big!
I first wrote the number 8 from the top to the bottom, going back and forth, making sure it was connected like a maze.
Then I filled in with other random number to 10.
I set out a roll of painters tape and a scissors (affiliate link) for George to follow the number 8 from the start to the finish.
He connected the first number 8 to the next one and cut off the tape.
Then again, connecting that 8 to the next one. And so on.
He observed that his tape lines looked like numbers too – at first it looked like a 4 and then towards the end he thought it looked like a 5.
He kept telling me:
There sure is a lot of 8’s Mom!
He did it successfully. He thought it was so tough and hard to do. But yet didn’t struggle at all with any of it. I love thinking that he’s being challenged when in reality its something he’s fully capable of doing.
It is a great way to give him confidence in himself for new things he’ll be learning.
Have you seen our other number mazes?