Practice number matching with balloons! This hands on activity, from Lisa, is a fun way for kids to learn numbers and counting.
Learning numbers with worksheets or the same old activity over and over. Instead, I like to try learning early math skills with an easy number matching game for kids!
Best of all, this easy learning activity uses balloons. Every child loves a good balloon activity!
Awesome Balloon Number Matching Game for PreK
Bonus: there’s awesome opportunities for gross motor involvement – working big muscle groups and burning energy. I love it when an activity is super simple to set up and engages the whole body.
Grab some balloons and try this activity with your kids!
To practice ballon number matching, you will need:
- A large sheet of paper or multiple papers taped together.
- Permanent Marker.
I decided to focus on the numbers one through ten. To set up the paper for matching, I used a plastic lid to create ten circles roughly the same size as the balloons.
Inside each circle, I drew dots to match numbers 1-10.
Next up was blowing up the balloons for the number matching game.
To include and engage your child even more in this process, have them help you blow the balloons up – it will get them even more excited to start the activity!
Keep on playing with these 28+ easy balloon activity ideas!
Once I had my ten balloons, I numbered them with my marker and taped them to our activity table.
This allowed him to work at an uninterrupted pace vs. having to pause and add tape to each balloon before he matched it.
Easy DIY Early Math Learning Game for PreK Kids
He was so excited to play this simple number matching game with balloons.
First, I set the challenge: try to match each numbered balloon to the dots/circles on the paper.
He needed to recognize the number on the balloon, count the dots, and then move the balloons onto the circles. It’s a multi-step activity, but it’s all about the process and learning.
While he played, I noticed that he started with the smaller numbers first that were easy for him to recognize quickly and then worked his way up.
This activity allowed him to practice his counting skills out loud while matching the correct number on the balloon.
I loved that he was able to move his body back and forth, up and down while working his brain as well!
You could also set this activity up on a vertical surface. For more number matching practice, check out this sticker math challenge!
He had such a fun time, coming back to this activity a few times throughout the day.
Once you are done with your balloons, pop them! I love this simple balloon experiment to keep the learning going.