Nursery Activity Idea #490 - Number Sponge Painting

A messy and enjoyable activity for children of all ages, that will help older children to learn the numbers and their sequence.

You will need:

  • Paints in a range of colours
  • Painting trays
  • Number shaped sponges
  • Paper


Pour the paint into the trays and place on the table along with the number sponges. Give each child a piece of paper, then dip the sponges into the paint and press onto the paper. As children from the age of two complete this activity, you can talk to them about the numbers they are printing. As children do this they will become more familiar with the number names and shapes. when children become more familiar with the number names, they can use the printing activity to sequence the numbers and learn new double figure numbers by combining two number sponges, for example.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Mathematical development
  • Creative development
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills

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2 Comments to “Number Sponge Painting”

Thank you for providing this fantastic activities ,it’s very helpfull.
I’d like you to send me more creative activities for pre-school childern.
thank you so much.

Fri 5th Aug 11

love this activity. my nursery kids enjoyed this activity much….thank you for the idea….

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