Tuesday, 3 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Sandpaper Numbers


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 3!



These Montessori inspired sandpaper numbers would make an awesome gift for a toddler who is starting to learn their numbers. They help to reinforce the shape of the number in the child's head and help them to remember how the numbers are formed.

To make your own Sandpaper Numbers you will need:
  • piece of paper
  • few sheets of sandpaper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • sheet of card
  • hole punch
  • pva glue and brush
  • sticker reinforcements for holes 
  • keyring


Draw out the numbers 0-9 on a piece of paper. You don't want them to be too small. Mine ended up being just over 2" tall. Cut them out using the scissors then draw around them onto the sandpaper. Cut out squares of card big enough to fit your numbers on. I cut mine to be 3" squares.


Hole punch a hole in the top left corner of each square then glue the sandpaper numbers on in the middle of the card. Make sure to get the glue right to the ends of each number to make sure the edges are glued down properly and don't lift. I drew a black dot indicating where to start forming each number, just to help my little girl out a little.


I stuck the reinforcement hole stickers on each card, one on each side, then left the glue to dry for a few hours. I took the metal ring from a keyring I had and threaded the cards on.

To use the cards, first show your child each number and, using your first two fingers, draw on top of each of them to show how they are written. Help your child to do the same. The feel of the sandpaper will help them to understand how to make each number. Practice each number a few times before moving on to the next one.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

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