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Super Simple Number Match Slap with Playing Cards

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Grab some playing cards for a lively game of number match slap! You'll love this super hands-on way to work on number matching skills!

I just realized the potential of playing cards and learning numbers. Duh!

Super Simple Number Match Slap with Playing Cards

We played a number match game with them, they’re great for number recognition!

Play number match slap with your preschooler or older toddler to work on early math skills!

Even more so than recognizing numbers, a deck of playing cards are absolutely wonderful for one to one correspondence. George practiced a little of that with this number match to help him out.

I sorted out all the cards 2-10 and took out the rest.

I could have used aces for ones. But it was a number recognition name, A is not a number.

But keeping aces and face cards in the mix would work well for one to one correspondence.

I taped all the hearts – any suit would work – on the wall.

I taped it fancy-style, with the tape all curled up on the back so you don’t see it… yeah, I’m fancy like that sometimes.

Playing cards set up for a number match game

I even taped the rest of the suits just like that, tape on the back. And laid them all out for George to grab.

Sorted playing cards

I sorted them by suit and put them in order by number. Looking back, I should have probably did it by number.

George could have matched all the 2s at one time, then all the 3s. That way it really reinforced number recognition.

But it really doesn’t matter in the long run, and the extra challenge of mixing the numbers was fun.

Number Match Slap on the Wall

I didn’t have George go in any sort of order though. He just grabbed a card and looked to the wall to find the number match.

Once he found the match, he would slap it on top to stick it to original card.

I think this would be great for three kids about the same age to play together. Each of them could get a suit of cards and they each race to slap the right card on the 2s, and then the 3s and so on.

Henry is far too beyond this though. It wouldn’t have been any fun for George if Henry played with him.

Number match slap

Yes, that’s Louis sitting there, with a card in his mouth. He tried!

Number Match Slap Perfect for Recognition

George doesn’t know his numbers yet.

He can count to 10 almost perfectly though. He just can’t tell what a 5 looks like.

Number Match Slap with Playing Cards

So this was definitely more about doing the number match instead of calling out the numbers.

Of course, I would stick in questions, asking him what the number was.

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Most of the time, George didn’t know. So I’d have him count the number of things in the “box”(our cards had a box around each group).

And he could do that pretty well. He’s not the best at one to one correspondence either, so we counted together a lot.

one to one correspondence with playing cards

For the most part though, it was about looking at the number and matching it to the one on the wall. (By the way, 6 and 9 got very confusing since the numbers are upside down on the bottom of each card!)

Another number match activity we did was a heart hunt for Valentine’s Day, but it could be changed up to anything!

Check out the number match parking lot at B-Inspired Mama by Craftulate too! My boys would love that!

Take it another level further and work on one to one correspondence with dice and blocks!

What are your favorite number activities? We’d love to add your ideas to our collections!

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