Currently, I homeschool my older two kids (ages 5 and 6). I have discovered lately, however, that if I let my 4 year old join us for school, my son is much more willing to participate and do his school work too. And while my daughter is super excited and wants to do school with her siblings, I’m not a preschool teacher, and I don’t have many ideas or materials to use to engage her and keep her busy while I work with the others. So I decided to make some fun Candy Corn Number Puzzles for her to play with and use on her own, or with her older sister (who loves to help teach!).
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This printable pack includes a piece of candy corn for each number from 1-10. On each piece of candy is the numerical number, number word and corresponding number of dots.
One thing that is great about this for us is that my 4 year old could practice number recognition, and my son could help and work on learning number words, and my oldest could be a “helper,” which she absolutely loves!
But because you may have different ages and settings, I’ve thought of a couple different ways you can use these.
To Use the Candy Corn Number Puzzles:
The first thing you will need to do is print the candy corn and cut out each section so you can let students correctly put them back together.
To use as puzzles again and again, laminate first, and then cut out (this is what I did). For added durability, you may want to print on card stock before laminating.
You could then have students put together all of the puzzles and then place them in numerical order.
If you want students to work on cutting and fine motor skills, however, you could allow them to cut themselves, then mix all the pieces up and put them back together. Or, they could cut out two, and then switch with a partner to put them back together.
Also included are some cut and paste pages, which could be a fun way to focus on 2 numbers a day for an entire week. Each day, have students work on just those two number puzzles, and then they can glue them to their paper.
Or you can work on all the numbers at once and let them glue them down, rather than laminating the puzzles.
Or you could group students in groups of 5, give them all the puzzles as a group, and let them each correctly put together 2 and glue them down.
However you see fit, I hope you and your students will have fun with these! My daughter loves them, and loves that I made something especially for her! 😉
Want more number practice? Try this “Park the Cars” activity for working with numbers 1-100!
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