I ❤️ Numicon. The tactile and visual element it adds to number is fantastic.
At the moment in Reception we are really just at the exploration stage, so I’ve but putting the numicon out with the paints, in gloop and with the play dough.
At the play dough table the children made imprints with various pieces and investigated which pieces would fit on top of the other. Marbles and gems also fit nicely into the Numicon holes so I put out a few bowls of these and modelled lots of counting out and one to one correspondence.
We also put it out with some aqua beads which offered a fantastic sensory experience….
We’ve been using the numicon tiles as a scaffold for our children who don’t get the concept of counting out from a larger group and stopping at a said number. With the Aqua beads we encouraged the children to pick a number card and then count out that many aqua beads into the Numicon holes.
I also have a little numicon display up on the wall and know it’s a bit OCD, but I’ve colour coordinated all my number lines etc around the classroom to coincide with the Numicon colours so that the children might notice certain patterns developing.
I had a few (million) requests to add the colour coded numicon number lines pictured on the wall display above and on my on maths table below. Your wish is my command; please click on the images below for your free downloads!
Click on the image below, or failing that the link below the image, to access your free PDF copy of the numicon colour coded numberline…
Numicon colour coded number line to 20
Numicon colour coded number cards