We had collected some smooth rocks by the shore earlier this summer. We weren’t sure what to do with them but I noticed my two preschool girls love to use them for counting. They can both count in English up to 20 or more but I would like to teach them some Arabic as well. These are super easy to make and a lot of fun to play with.
All you need to do is write the numbers on in Arabic using glitter glue. I found it helpful to draw the outline of the numbers first before filling them in. You can also get creative and draw some pictures on the rocks to create story stones (that’s what we plan to do next!).
Here are some ways you can use these number rocks in learning:
- COUNTING: Counting with gems or other small counters (see below)
- MATCHING: Writing English numbers on a piece of paper and placing the stones on them to match OR drawing dots on a piece of paper and placing the stones on them to match.
- GAME: Placing the stones in a bowl and each player picks a stone, if they say the name correctly they get to keep it. The one with the most stones at the end wins!
- MEMORY: Making two sets of stones, place them all face down and play a matching memory game. Say the name of your matched numbers correctly when you flip them over, and you get to keep them. The one with the most pairs at the end wins!