I love finding inexpensive learning materials that are engaging and hands-on. The target dollar spot often carries a lot of educational and fun items. I found these puzzles earlier this year during one of our shopping trips.
It’s a number puzzle that reinforces the order of numbers. It’s double sided and attractive for the little ones. Plus it’s tangible and engaging. I left one card whole as a control card for my 3 year old, AJ. We counted 1-10 as I pointed to the numbers on the control card. Then I gave him one puzzle and worked with him to put the numbers in order. I used order words such as, “what comes after 3” or if he put the wrong number, I’d ask, “what comes before 6” or “what comes in between 4 and 6’? Or if he had trouble answering, we’d start counting from the beginning. The more he practiced, the better he got with the order. He was eager to work on it daily.