I made over a hundred number flashcards about 10 years ago and I just keep using them over and over again. Each card simply has one number 0 - 100 written on its front. I have duplicates for 1-20 as well as smaller cards with + - = signs on them.
Today we pulled them out to use with S and I discovered that I had a cheat sheet of activity ideas stashed in between the cards. I don't know who to credit for the ideas, but it made for a perfect day of math activities with him. I love it when my past-self helps out my future-self.
Grab a stack of cards and a marker and make your own set. These were great activities to do with my 5 year old:
- Hold up a card and have him say the number on the card. We worked with 0-20 today, but in the next few weeks we'll work through chunks all the way up to 100.
- Hold up two cards and ask which number is greater.
- Hold up two cards and ask your child to count forward or backward from one of the numbers to the other.
- Pick a card without showing it to your child. Have him or her guess the number by solving a number clue such as, "This number is one more than 63," or "This number is one less than 35," or "This number is between 59 and 61."
- Place the cards into number families (20's, 50's, etc.)
- For basic identification practice, create a concentration game using the duplicate cards and try to find matches.
- Make your own number sentences: put one card down, put a +/- card down and put another card after it. Follow it with the = card and have your child solve it.
- After you use them, they'll need to be put back in order so make this your child's last activity.