Montessori Monday – Inexpensive and DIY Sandpaper Numerals

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Dinosaurs with Sandpaper Numerals (Photo from Barefoot in Suburbia)

Dinosaurs with Sandpaper Numerals (Photo from Barefoot in Suburbia)

I published a post about inexpensive and DIY sandpaper letters, with many ideas that work for sandpaper numerals as well as letters. Here I’ll give resources specifically for sandpaper numerals and sandpaper-numeral presentations and extensions.

Traditional sandpaper numerals are sandpaper numerals on green hardboard. There are many inexpensive options or DIY options that are great for homeschools.

Where to Purchase Inexpensive Sandpaper Letters

If you’d like to purchase sandpaper letters for home use, here are some inexpensive sources:

eBay

Alison’s Montessori (I have Alison’s Montessori sandpaper numerals and have a review of the Alison’s Montessori sandpaper numerals.)

Montessori Outlet

Kid Advance

Polliwog

Here’s a more thorough list of Montessori material suppliers along with comments from parents who purchased from various companies: Where to Buy Montessori Materials.

How to Make Your Own Sandpaper Numerals

There are patterns and directions for making your own sandpaper numerals (along with many other Montessori materials) in the book Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock.

DIY Counting Boards with Sandpaper Numerals (Photo from Peaceful Parenting)

DIY Counting Boards with Sandpaper Numerals (Photo from Peaceful Parenting)

Peaceful Parenting made counting boards with sandpaper numerals.

2 Pequeños Traviesos has sandpaper numerals on laminated green cardstock.

L’écol’logis has sandpaper numerals on laminated cardstock.

The Accidental Crafter has sandpaper numbers on heavy cardstock

2 Little Seeds has directions for making authentic-looking sandpaper numerals on birch wood.

FUNdamentals made sandpaper numerals on hardboard.

Sandpaper Numeral Alternatives

A number of parents make textured numerals of felt or velvet.

DIY Sandpaper Numerals (Photo from OurMontessoriHome.wordpress.com)

OurMontessoriHome.wordpress.com made felt numerals on foam boards.

Walk Beside Me made textured numerals with fabric and embroidery.

Faolmor’s Den has textured numerals made with glittery card.

Check out my inexpensive and DIY sandpaper letters post for other creative alternatives that work for sandpaper numerals as well as letters.

Numeral Templates

Livable Learning has free sandpaper numeral templates.

Sandpaper Numeral Presentations and Extensions

Montessori Primary Guide has sandpaper numbers presentation and video.

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Sandpaper Numeral Presentation (Photo from Leptir)

Sandpaper Numeral Presentation (Photo from Leptir)

Leptir has detailed sandpaper numeral presentation and extensions.

Sandpaper Number Book (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

Sandpaper Number Book (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

Montessori MOMents makes rubbings of the sandpaper numerals for sandpaper number books.

Sandpaper Numeral Extension (Photo from Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs)

Sandpaper Numeral Extension (Photo from Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs)

Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs has tactile card extensions using Touch and Trace Cards from Knowledge Tree and sandpaper numerals from Montessori Outlet.

Barefoot in Suburbia has various activities matching quantities of objects with sandpaper numerals. (Dinosaurs and Sandpaper Numerals photo at the top of this post)

Sandpaper Numerals with Sand Tray (Photo from How We Montessori)

Sandpaper Numerals with Sand Tray (Photo from How We Montessori)

How We Montessori uses sandpaper numerals with a sand tray.

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