The thing about numbers is that there are so many ways to represent them - digits, words (number name) and quantity. The Little Man is quite good at one-to-one correspondence, but I want to develop his subitising skills (instantly recognising the number of objects in a small group without counting) and sight word recognition, and of course, to help him match-up the different representations of a number.
I started with two empty kitchen paper towel roll holders:
And cut one up into small segments. I also cut a slit so that it would slide over the roll that I had left intact:
I then taped up slit with clear tape, leaving a gap. This is to make sure that the smaller segment does not become too loose. I had to redo this, because although I could manipulate them fine, the Little Man found them too stiff.
I then coloured in a purple match-up line (because that is his favourite colour) on the intact roll, and slid the smaller segments onto it. Viola!
And because we are supposed to be bilingual, I made one segment for the Chinese Language number names too.
To simplify the activity, just use any 2 segments - the digits and the dots, the digits and the words, the dots amd the words, depending on what you want to achieve.
To extend the activity, use three or more segments, depending on your child's ability.
I modified this idea from Laughing Kids Learn.
Little Man: 1 yr 3 months