DIY Sandpaper (Felt Paper) Numbers

I am so excited for the Montessori material sandpaper letters I purchased through the M.O.M Store. Weee! :) We will use that this coming school year so I'm preparing all the materials we will need. Our son, Little V, has been struggling on manuscript writing so I decided to try the Montessori way. You can learn more about sandpaper alphabets here.

These past few days, Little V has been enthusiastic with counting numbers so I reckon now would be a great opportunity as well to reinforce writing numerals by guiding his forefinger around the sandpaper numbers on how we write them. 

I have some materials available in our box to work on however, I don't have any sandpapers so I decided to use felt paper instead.

1. Blank flash card
2. Felt paper
3. Paper
4. Scissors
5. Glue

1. I've read that some Montessori schools use D'Nealian font in their sandpaper alphabets. I don't have that font in my computer so I downloaded it from the internet first.

2. Using MS Word, type-in the numbers 0 to 9 using D'Nealian font at size 300, bold. Print. Cut the numbers. Make sure you use a sharp-pointed scissors to cut the holes on numbers 6, 8, 9, and 0. 

3. Take a pre-cut felt paper (8x11) and face the felt side down on the table. Put some glue on top of the cut numbers and paste them at the back of the felt paper. Cut the numbers.

4. Glue the numbers to a blank flash card.

There you go! A simple way to make your own felt numbers to help your little ones learn the shape, formation, and how to write numbers. If you'd ask me how much time I spent on making these, well, let's just say that I was doing the project the whole time Fast & Furious was on TV. I'm glad that I don't have to do the alphabet. Ha ha!


  1. Awww...I'm feeling nostalgic about my first few years in home schooling when I would also prepare the materials while watching a movie on cable or DVD. :) I wanna be able to do that again.

    1. I'd probably feel what you're feeling now in a few years' time, Mommy May. Earlier I was working on covering a used box as storage for my son's shelf and he kept on interrupting me. I had to remind myself not to get mad and that I should cherish his kakulitan while he's still young. Hihihi :)

  2. I love this! :) I better start making these flash cards as early as now. My daughter's only 11 months old, and I plan to start with informal homeschooling as soon as she turns 1 year old. hehe. There's no such thing as too early when it comes to homeschooling naman diba? :)

    1. Congrats on homeschooling your daughter! :)

      The lessons really depend on the readiness of the child. When my son was at that age we focused on improving his motor skills. We incorporated academics (intro to alphabet) when he was 1 and started teaching him phonics when he was 3.5 yrs old. I know some homeschoolers whose kids started reading at age 2.

      Btw, you can also visit Montessori on Mars (, Mars features infant/toddler montessori activities you can try with your baby. :)

      Enjoy the journey! :)


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