You know when you have these chunky puzzles and you(the kids) loose half of the pieces? What do you do with it? Do you throw it away? Well, don't throw a numbers puzzle away because you can still use it! I am showing you today how to use an old number puzzle with pompoms to practice counting and fine motor skills!

## Counting

For this counting activity you need:
• Mini Pompoms
• Number Puzzle
• Tweezers

Let your child use the tweezers to grab the pompoms (great for fine motor skills) and add the correct amount of pompoms to the numbers.

Number recognition and counting skills are being developed here. Also, the fact that the zero has nothing in it helps young children to understand the zero concept, which is quite an abstract concept.

You can say the pompoms must match the color of the number for an extra challenge.

Extension:
• Use two(or more) numbers at a time. Add the pompoms to the numbers and then count how many pompoms you have all together. Eg. 1+2=? (Working on adding skills.)
• Which number has more: number 4 or number 2? (More/less)
• If you have 5 pompoms, which numbers can you fill? (Bonds of 5)

A simple activity and easy to setup too. Work on counting and fine motor skills while having fun AND reusing a toy that would have ended up in the bin. Win-win!

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Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at Teach Me Mommy about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher. Follow along on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

##### Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.