Star Search Number Learning Game

I have a toddler and a preschooler to keep entertained all day and sometimes their age difference makes it difficult to find things both can…

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I have a toddler and a preschooler to keep entertained all day and sometimes their age difference makes it difficult to find things both can enjoy at the same time. That’s why I love this Star Search game because it appeals to all ages and can be adapted to match each child’s skill level. This game teaches number recognition, matching, and visual motor skills. Since I made this game, we have played it everyday at Ms. Tiger’s request because both kids love playing it so much. It’s super simple to make and can be played inside or outside so you really don’t ever have to stop :).

Our stars are Red, White, and Blue for all those patriotic days of summer (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Pioneer Day-in Utah) but you could use any color or any shape. So let’s get playing!

Supplies:
Foam Stars (purchased ours at Hobby Lobby)
Puffy Paint or permanent marker
Paper
Marker
Poster tack or tape
Plastic page protector (optional)

Directions:
1.  Place the stars on the paper and trace around them. Remove the stars and on the paper write numbers inside of the traced stars.

2.  Paint matching numbers on the foam stars with puffy paint and let them dry. You could use permanent marker if you don’t have puffy paint. I just like the look of the puffy paint and it worked better on the glitter stars.

We numbered our stars from 1-10 but you could adapt the game to higher numbers or to count in increments of 10 or 100 depending on your kiddos skill level.

3.  You may want to place your paper inside a plastic page protector to help it last longer. Put poster tack or tape on the back of the stars and you are ready to play!

 

Star Search Game:

1.  Hide the stars while kiddo looks away.
2.  Have kiddo find stars and place them on the paper by matching the number of the star to the number on the paper. Once all the stars have been found and placed on the paper the game is over and it’s time to play again! 🙂

Before we started playing I placed all the stars on the paper and had Ms. Tiger remove them one by one as we reviewed the numbers.

Ms. Tiger thought it was so funny putting the stars on her nose.
Look who both found a star. I am pretty sure all kids like finding things!
Even my handsome little guy could play along. He loved finding “stickies” and bringing them back to the board.
By the end of the game Ms. Tiger had learned to recognize some new numbers. What a perfect game for having fun and learning!
Ms. Tiger was really good at matching the star to the correct spot on the paper. She would ask if she had found them all and we would point at the blank spots on the paper and review what numbers were missing. Another great way to repeat the numbers because memorization is all about exposure and repetitiveness and works best when having fun.
Mr. Tickles enjoyed running around finding stars and sticking them on the paper (he is still too young to match the numbers). It was fun watching him scan the yard and hone in on a star and run and get it. Ms. Tiger would help him find stars and they worked together to fill the board working as a team. This mom was so proud!
Now it’s your turn to play! 🙂

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Have a great day!
Love, Katie & the Kiddos

One comment

  1. sometimes we forget how hard this can all be for a small child. Thanks for this insightful post. We have not had to move countries, but my kids do attend an immersion school.

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