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
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!