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Number Recognition Game – Feed Cookie Monster

Number Recognition Game – Feed Cookie Monster

Number Recognition Game – Feed Cookie Monster

number recognition game with cookie monster

Make your own Feed the Cookie Monster game. It is super budget friendly and teaches number recognition while strengthening fine motor skills.

This simple activity can be customized to fit almost any child’s skill level. Even little toddlers that can’t yet count will enjoy feeding the cookie monster – which strengthens their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. 

Keep reading and discover how easy it is to make your very own cookie monster activity out of some cardboard!

For more early math activities, don’t miss our comprehensive list of easy to set up, and budget-friendly ideas!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Watch the Video to See How to Make this Number Recognition Activity!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make this number recognition activity. Bonus points for also talking about the digestive system while playing this game as you see cookie monster eat the cookies and have them make their way into his tummy!

You don’t have to change the actual activity for toddlers or older children, just change how they interact with it. 

Watch the Video to See How to Make this Number Recognition Activity!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make this number recognition activity. Bonus points for also talking about the digestive system while playing this game as you see cookie monster eat the cookies and have them make their way into his tummy!

You don’t have to change the actual activity for toddlers or older children, just change how they interact with it. 

number recognition game with cookie monster

Number Recognition With Cookies

This is an activity that grows with your kiddos! As they touch and explore the cookies (and count the chocolate chip dots) they are seeing numbers in real life. 

You can see in the video above how the older child played the activity, finding the numbers and counting the chocolate chips whereas the toddler simply enjoyed feeding Cookie Monster!

There are so many other things you can do with this simple activity (simple addition and subtraction for those that are ready for it!). 

Here’s how to make a DIY number recognition for your kiddos. This is a basic tutorial, please change things up and make it fit your child’s needs.

If your kiddo loves this, you have to try our free printable Pizza Counting Worksheets as well as the Ice Cream Scoop Counting Worksheets!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw Cookie Monster on top of an old box;

Step 2

Cut a slot within the mouth and a hole for the belly;

Step 3

On the inside of the box, place down the plastic bag (zipper side up), ensuring that it begins above the mouth, and can be visible within the belly.

Step 4

Line up the plastic bag where the slot is, and cut the plastic around the slot to provide an opening for the cookies to enter;

Step 5

Secure the plastic bag on each side with tape, and secure the plastic around the mouth with tape as well. This will allow the cookies to enter through the mouth, and fall into the bag for a fun transparent view as well as easy retrieval.

Step 6

Secure the cardboard box to the wall with painters tape!

Step 1

Draw Cookie Monster on top of an old box;

Step 2

Cut a slot within the mouth and a hole for the belly;

Step 3

On the inside of the box, place down the plastic bag (zipper side up), ensuring that it begins above the mouth, and can be visible within the belly.

Step 4

Line up the plastic bag where the slot is, and cut the plastic around the slot to provide an opening for the cookies to enter;

Step 5

Secure the plastic bag on each side with tape, and secure the plastic around the mouth with tape as well. This will allow the cookies to enter through the mouth, and fall into the bag for a fun transparent view as well as easy retrieval.

Step 6

Secure the cardboard box to the wall with painters tape!

Educational Benefits of This DIY Number Recognition Game

There are so many educational benefits of this simple activity. This is perfect for school readiness or to help your kiddos become more familiar with numbers. You can also adapt this activity as pictured!

Number Recognition: When you ask them to pick up the cookie with 6 chocolate chips, they have to match the amount of dots with the number. This one simple act exercises their number recognition. It also helps them see how much 1 chocolate chip is compared to 10 chips. This is the foundation of all math skills.

Early Math Skills: There are lots of early math skills that this one simple activity teaches. The first one is representation – making mathematics real by using pictures and objects (like chocolate chips). It also teaches patterns. As they grab the next number in line, they will discover that it has one more chocolate chip on the cookie.

number recognition game with cookie monster

If your child is ready for it, they can also practice and learn early addition and subtraction from it. Ask them, “Grab the cookie that is the answer to 3 chocolate chips plus 1 chocolate chip!” 

And if you decide to make the Cookie Monster with the visible belly, this is a great opportunity to talk about the digestive system!

number recognition game with cookie monster

Educational Benefits of This DIY Number Recognition Game

There are so many educational benefits of this simple activity. This is perfect for school readiness or to help your kiddos become more familiar with numbers. You can also adapt this activity as pictured!

Number Recognition: When you ask them to pick up the cookie with 6 chocolate chips, they have to match the amount of dots with the number. This one simple act exercises their number recognition. It also helps them see how much 1 chocolate chip is compared to 10 chips. This is the foundation of all math skills.

Early Math Skills: There are lots of early math skills that this one simple activity teaches. The first one is representation – making mathematics real by using pictures and objects (like chocolate chips). It also teaches patterns. As they grab the next number in line, they will discover that it has one more chocolate chip on the cookie.

If your child is ready for it, they can also practice and learn early addition and subtraction from it. Ask them, “Grab the cookie that is the answer to 3 chocolate chips plus 1 chocolate chip!”

And if you decide to make the Cookie Monster with the visible belly, this is a great opportunity to talk about the digestive system!

Store-Bought Math Puzzles

Here are my top picks for the best math puzzles you can buy!

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This Montessori activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

Math Shapes Puzzle 

This wooden puzzle lets your toddler match both the number with the correct amount of shapes.

Colorful Dinosaur 3D Puzzle 

Older kids will love putting together this 3D dinosaur puzzle. The numbers tell them in which order the pieces fit.

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Water Activity for Toddlers – Milk Jug Car Wash

Water Activity for Toddlers – Milk Jug Car Wash

Water Activity for Toddlers – Milk Jug Car Wash

water activity for kids diy milk jug car wash station

Make a car wash water activity for toddlers using a milk jug, plastic cups, and garden hose! This is a really easy way to keep your kiddos engaged in sensory play outside. 

Don’t be afraid of a little mud. This activity will get your kids to mess around with mud and soil – and they are going to love it! I’ll share some tips that will help you minimize the mess a bit. 

Learning to Clean Up with This Water Activity for Toddlers

This fun water activity for toddlers will encourage your kiddos to enjoy washing things (which is a fantastic life skill).

It also encourages imaginative play. They will become immersed in the world of washing their toy cars – watching them go from completely muddy to nice and clean. The best part is, it doesn’t require any expensive parts!

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Watch the Video to See This Water Activity for Toddlers in Action

 

Here’s a quick video of my toddler getting his toy cars really dirty and then washing them off in the car wash. As you can see, he loves washing the cars off as much as he likes smothering them in the dirt.

One tip for the best car wash: use really strong tape. Another tip, make your own bowl of soil for your kiddos to mix onto their toy cars. This way, it controls how messy they can get. Also, just turn the hose on a little bit to conserve water and place activity nearby grass or a garden bed that could use some extra hydration!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch the Video to See This Water Activity for Toddlers in Action

Here’s a quick video of my toddler getting his toy cars really dirty and then washing them off in the car wash. As you can see, he loves washing the cars off as much as he likes smothering them in the dirt.

One tip for the best car wash: use really strong tape. Another tip, make your own bowl of soil for your kiddos to mix onto their toy cars. This way, it controls how messy they can get.Also, just turn the hose on a little bit to conserve water and place activity nearby grass or a garden bed that could use some extra hydration!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats

Printable Worksheets for the Transportation Lover!

When the weather is warm enough, this activity will encourage your kiddos to want to be outside! However, if going outside isn’t an option, and you simply don’t want to do this activity inside, this printable bundle is perfect for the transportation lover!

Planes, trains, cars, and boats – these worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills. Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, color recognition, and so much more.

For more printable materials, definitely check out our full collection!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Poke holes into the center-bottom of an empty gallon of milk.

Step 2

Use strong tape to secure 2 tall plastic cups on either side of the poked holes.

Step 3

Decorate with car wash sign (if you so wish!)

 

Step 4

Place your hose inside the top of the milk gallon & turn it on to it’s lowest level.

Step 5

Mix some soil in a bowl with a little water. Let your kiddo get their toy cars dirty and then wash them in the water that is pouring out of the bottom of the toy car wash.  

 

Step 1

Poke holes into the center-bottom of an empty gallon of milk.

Step 2

Use strong tape to secure 2 tall plastic cups on either side of the poked holes.

Step 3

Decorate with car wash sign (if you so wish!)

Step 4

Place your hose inside the top of the milk gallon & turn it on to it’s lowest level.

Step 5

Mix some soil in a bowl with a little water. Let your kiddo get their toy cars dirty and then wash them in the water that is pouring out of the bottom of the toy car wash.  

Educational Benefits of this Water Activity for Toddlers

This water activity for toddlers might not teach reading or writing, but being outside and playing in the earth and water is still very good for your kids! 

Even though young kids will enjoy it, this is truly a fantastic sensory activity for kids of all ages! From the grit of the soil to the ice-cold water from the hose, there are so many textures to experience. 

Playing in the mud can help kids reduce their stress levels and even make them feel calmer. It’s one of the many benefits of both sensory play and being out in the sunshine. 

When kids interact with different textures in sensory activities like this one, their brain actually forms new connections. It gives them the foundations they need later on to learn new concepts.

water activity for kids diy milk jug car wash station

As they make the car dirty and then wash it off, they are also exercising their curiosity and problem-solving skills. Why isn’t that one wheel getting clean? How can they make the water come out faster? It’s all part of cause and effect.

This is also fun for all ages. Everyone can gather around the car wash and share it. It’s a fun way to encourage them to play together too.

water activity for kids diy milk jug car wash station

Educational Benefits of this Water Activity for Toddlers

This water activity for toddlers might not teach reading or writing, but being outside and playing in the earth and water is still very good for your kids! 

Even though young kids will enjoy it, this is truly a fantastic sensory activity for kids of all ages! From the grit of the soil to the ice-cold water from the hose, there are so many textures to experience. 

Playing in the mud can help kids reduce their stress levels and even make them feel calmer. It’s one of the many benefits of both sensory play and being out in the sunshine. 

When kids interact with different textures in sensory activities like this one, their brain actually forms new connections. It gives them the foundations they need later on to learn new concepts.

As they make the car dirty and then wash it off, they are also exercising their curiosity and problem-solving skills. Why isn’t that one wheel getting clean? How can they make the water come out faster? It’s all part of cause and effect.

This is also fun for all ages. Everyone can gather around the car wash and share it. It’s a fun way to encourage them to play together too.

Store-Bought Outdoor Activities For Kids

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that kids can play with outside!

gardening kit for kids outdoor play

Kids Gardening Set

This cute set comes with a watering can, gloves, tools, and even a wheelbarrow. These can be enjoyed both indoors or outdoors!

outdoor play bubble making set

Bubble Making Set

All kids love bubbles! This set comes with the supplies to make bubbles in many different sizes – from small to huge!

outdoor play stepping stones for kids

Balancing Stepping Stones

Encourage gross motor skills with this fun game. Kids will balance from one stepping stone to the other in this fun game.

outdoor play cornhole toss game bean bag game for kids

Bean Bag Toss Game

This is a fun game that kids can all play together! They will build hand-eye coordination as they try to toss the bean bags into the holes.

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