These number rocks are perfect for making math fun! Use them in the classroom or as a boredom buster at a restaurant.
Sitting around for any length of time with little ones, when they need to be quiet, can be a challenge.
Waiting for your food at a restaurant, sitting in a doctor’s office, or for your turn at the dentist can make 15 minutes seem like hours!
I have kept a travel set of tic tac toe rocks in my purse for a while now, but it was time to mix it up a bit.
My youngest is going into Kindergarten and couldn’t be more excited to learn. So these simple number rocks are perfect to keep on hand to help her explore her numbers!
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Supplies to create number stones
- Small Stones.
- Paint Pens. I used 2 sizes 1M & 3M.
- Paint Brush.
- Small Bag.
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How to paint numbers on rocks
Making these number rocks are simple if you have the right supplies. We love to use paint pens to make these small stones a breeze! Use a thicker pen to create the numbers and math symbols. I chose to draw numbers on the front and back of each stone. I alternated the numbers a bit so that there were more possible combinations of numbers. I also did one side with colored numbers and one side with white.
Next, you can use smaller pens to add on some details. I added complimentary colored dots on one side. On the white numbers, I simply outlined them to make them pop!
Once your paint is dry make sure to seal your rocks. This will help the color last longer when being stored in a pouch. I chose to use a brush on sealer for these so my kids could help. Let the first side dry completely then flip and do the second.
Pack them all up in your pouch then throw them in your purse! Pull them out anytime you have a few minutes to spare.
These are perfect for classrooms too!
You can work on math problems, line them up by numbers, or even just see how high they can stack!
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