Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Little Letterbox Learning's Play and Learn Activity Series has landed and I couldn't be more excited for whats to come! As we are half way through October 2020, what better way to start than with a Halloween themed activity!
My children did this activity and relished in the hide and seek element of the task. Lots of euphoric shouting when the right number was found and matched!
You will need some pumpkin templates which I've added to the Free Downloads section of the website, head over to get print happy with your pumpkin templates! You can use them for the activity but you can also print them off to use as a rainy day decorating activity, we had lots of fun decorating ours apart from the house now being covered in glitter! To be honest, there are worse things our houses could be covered in when children are involved so I'll take the glitter!
Heres what you'll need to do:
With your pumpkins cut out, decorated and looking fabulous place a clearly written number from 1-10 on each of the pumpkins.
Place the numbered pumpkins in a small basket or box, whatever you have to hand at home and give them a little mix up so they are nicely shuffled.
Place or hide the envelope style cards from the Letterbox number set around the room. If you're feeling more adventurous you could hide them all over the house but I find this works best in the same room. Make sure not to hide them too well, we want our little ones to be able to spot them easily and also for them to recall where some of the numbers are, it's a great memory aspect of the game.
Here's where the magic of Play and Learn really comes into it's own. You are going to ask your little one to pick out a numbered pumpkin from the basket, they will then go (usually run to be honest) around the room searching to the matching number card. Once they have found the right number they will bring it back to you. The joy and excitement is intoxicating when the correct number card is found, it melts my heart every time.
Once the right card is brought back to you you will then ask them to post it into the right Letterbox Learning number card. Again, it's completely up to you if you line the numbers up in ascending order or if you have them jumbled up so they have to search a bit harder for the right Letterbox Learning number cards.
It's as simple as that, this activity not only focuses on reinforcing number recognition but strengthens memory by searching for the numbers that have been dotted around the room as well as fine motor skills thats needed to post the cards through the letterbox slots on the cards.