Recently, I’ve been asked a lot how I teach numbers and counting. I do have a few activities that are specifically for numbers and counting, but I realized that most of the number stuff I do is in the toddler school. So, I decided to make a roundup post of all the tot trays where I teach numbers and counting.

## Number Cards

Number cards are great for teaching numbers. You can put the correct number of objects on each card, put one object on each card as you count, or have a spot for each object. Read on for 6 great ways to use number cards.

### Math Links on Number Cards

Hole punch a hole in the corner of the number card (or clip card). Attach the correct number of math links on each card.

Original Post: Toddler Curriculum Letter Activity — A is for Apples

### Number Cards with Circles

Use number cards with the number and the correct number of circles on each card. Put a pompom or other object on each circle.

Original Post: Color-Themed Trays for Toddlers — Yellow and Blue Toddler Trays

### Paper Clips on Number Cards

Put the correct number of paper clips on each number card. If your child is young, he can just place the paper clips on top of the card. For older children, have them clip the paper clips onto the cards.

*Original Post: Bug Themed Toddler School Trays*

### Objects on Number Cards

Put the correct number of pompoms on the number cards. These are apple themed, but you can use any kind of picture and object depending on your theme.

*Original Post: Color-Themed Trays for Toddlers — Red Toddler Trays*

### One Object on Each Number Card

Put one object on a number card as you say the number. For example: When your child puts a triangle on the 1 card, say “1.” When he puts a triangle on the 2 card, say “2.” When he puts a triangle on the 3 card, say “3.”

Original Post: Shape Games For Toddlers — Triangle Toddler School Trays

### Clip Cards

Learn all about number cards (or clip cards) here.

## Numbered Cups and Objects

This section shows how you can cover cups or other objects with numbers. You can then put the correct number of objects in the cups and even count them again when you’re done! There are 5 ideas for using numbered cups and objects.

### Number Cups and Spike Balls

Put numbers on cups. Put the correct number of jacks into each cup.

*Original Post: Ball Themed Toddler Trays*

### Color Sorting and Counting

Have a bunch of small, random items in different colors. Count a color. Write the number of objects that are that color on a piece of paper of the same color. Tape the number to a cup. Continue until you have a cup for each color and the correct number of objects for each color. Dump out all of the object. Have your child sort the objects by color. When all objects are sorted, count the objects in each cup and make sure the number of objects matches the number on the cup.

*Original Post: Color-Themed Trays for Toddlers — Purple Toddler Trays*

### Hats on Dot Markers

Tape numbers on dot markers. Make tiny party hats from construction paper and make sure they fit on the dot markers.

You can also color coordinate numbers and hats. Put correct number of “hats” on each dot marker.

*Original Post: Toddler Curriculum Letter Activity — H is for Hat*

### Numbered Cups and Heart Picks

Tape numbers on cups. Put the correct number of heart picks in each cup.

*Original Post: Toddler Holiday Tray Activity — Valentine’s Day*

### Dancers on Button Snake

Make 3-5 small button snakes and write a number 1-5 on each button. Cut dancers from felt to go on button snakes. Don’t forget to cut a button hole in the middle of the dancer. Put the correct number of dancers on each snake.

*Original Post: Toddler Curriculum Letter Activity — D is for Dance*

## Printables

There are lots of printables for teaching numbers. The links to these printables are in the original posts. Enjoy these 3 ideas.

### Counting Sheet

Put erasers (or stickers) in each square of the counting sheet.

*Original Post: Toddler Holiday Tray Activity — Easter*

### Counting Playdough Mats

Put the correct number of playdough carrots onto each numbered playdough mat.

*Original Post: Gardening Themed Toddler Trays*

### Counting Fun

Glue the correct number of pictures next to each number. Use a different picture for each number.

*Original Post: Fall Themed Toddler Trays*

## Dice Activities

Only one of these ideas actually comes from a toddler tray, but the other ideas were too good not to share. Dice are a great tool for teaching numbers mostly because kids LOVE dice. Check out these 4 ways to use dice to teach numbers and counting.

### Count Pompoms

Tape animal pictures to cups. Have pompoms in a bowl. Roll a die and count the dots. Use a melon baller and give the same number of pompoms (“food”) to the animal. Roll again for the next animal.

*Original post: Toddler Curriculum Letter Activity — F is for Farm*

### Sticker and Dice Game

Roll the dice, then cover that number on the heart printable with a sticker.

*Original Post: Toddler Holiday Tray Activity — Valentine’s Day*