Play with Numbers: Connecting Gross Motor Play with Math

At KneeBouncers, we have plenty of games that focus on counting and numeral recognition. One of the most popular games is Plane Fun, a play-with-numbers game that helps children recognize and name numerals in a fun and interactive way. Plane Fun requires the use of a mouse, so it also helps older toddlers and preschoolers develop tech and fine motor skills.

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To take learning numbers to a new level, check out this fantastic gross motor game based on Plane Fun developed by Allison of Learn ~ Play ~ Imagine. All you need is a little chalk and a sidewalk!

What makes this activity great? Motor abilities and play are related to learning processes. Getting your child moving while learning helps the brain to develop and become better organized.

To play this fun and active numbers game, you only need some sidewalk chalk or paint and a large enough space to paint around twenty clouds. You can read Allison’s full description here.

Other Gross Motor Games and Activities that Incorporate Play with Numbers

  • Traditional hopscotch
  • Bowling
  • Mini-golf
  • Timed races
  • Tap the balloon (how many times can you tap it before it falls?)

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  • Ball toss (How many times can we toss it without dropping it?)
  • Velcro darts with numbered targets
  • Numbered bean bag toss
  • Number scavenger hunt
  • Exercise Dice

Check out other great activities inspired by KneeBouncer games by reading these blogs:

Updated September 12, 2023, by L. Elizabeth Forry

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L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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