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Monday, June 21, 2010

Counting Pepperoni's on Felt Pizzas (Toddler & Preschool Activity)

I have really been trying to come up with fun activities to get Parker excited about numbers. For some reason....when I start to talk about them....she pretends to ignore me and moves on. This may be, in part, to the fact that she is 2.....but I still want to take some opportunities to expose her to it. I totally got the inspiration of this idea from the great blog Counting Coconuts (love, love, love her ideas!) and her Counting Cookies. I love this!

I plan on making her the Counting Cookies, as well, however.......I came up with the idea to make mini pepperoni pizzas instead. We're a fan of pizza in this house.....and I have to say....I was also a little bit inspired by the mini pepperonis I found in the store a few weeks go.

All I did was find 2 tupperware circles of different sizes.....traced the circles.....cut them out.....then used the lid of a chapstick tube to trace the pepperonis. I made sure to make the size of the pizza big enough to fit 10 pepperonis (although....I have only made pizzas 0-5, thus far). I traced the smaller circle onto traditional batting and used 2 to fill the pizza. I didn't want them stuffed too thick.

I hand stitched some, and used my machine some. They are put together kind of sloppy-like....but they will surely do.

I also decided to add the actual number to the opposite side of the pizza so that she could relate the number of pepperonis she counted to the actual number. I found the template for these numbers here. I just traced and cut them out....and although the numbers are kind of small....they were not too difficult to cut because felt isn't too flimsy, and I have a pair of small scissors that were perfect for the job.

She enjoys them and I feel like this will be something she will enjoy doing over and over!


I am linking up today at 1+1+1=1. Visit 1+1+1=1 for a multitude of great activities and printables!


Mrs. Ramsey said...

You are so good! You should start making that stuff and selling it!

Kristin said...

Your so crafty!! Wish I was that way!!

I agree with Jenny you should start selling it!

Viv said...

what great ideas you come up with! I think so too! You should see this stuff! She is(along with her sister) going to be some smarter little girls!

Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

Those are really cute! I will have to make some for my son! I am trying to teach him numbers too (I am a high school math teacher!) and he is kind of interested but not really getting the whole numbers thing yet. Maybe pizza will help!

Jessica said...

Great idea! They turned out great :) I don't know where you find the time to plan/do all of these fun activities! Thanks for sharing :)


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