So it finally dawned on me:
Make a printable set of numbered cards, laminate them, and never write them on index cards again!
And so I did.
What Would I Use Number Cards For?
We use them for all kinds of things in our homeschool. Sometimes we use the whole stack of 100 and at other times I only pull out a set of 10 or 20. It mostly depends on the age of the child I’m working with. Here are a few of the ways we use them in no particular order:
- Practice number recognition
- Arrange in ascending and descending order
- Play math games (I need to write a post on all of the games we play, as we play several times a week.)
- Count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s
- Use as a number line
- Choose which number comes next
- Set out a group of manipulatives, count the number of items, and find the corresponding card
- “Write” the date in numerals (example: 11-20-12)
- Adding & Subtracting
- “Write” their own equations
- Practice odds & evens
- Draw a card and practice writing that number in words
- Draw a card and practice writing tally marks
- Draw a card and practice writing that same number in Roman Numerals
- Place Value
Getting Your Number Cards Ready For Use
I have three sets of number cards available for you to download. Each set contains numbers 0 through 100.
Note that each set is colored differently:
- Set 1: Black Ink Only – all number cards are in black ink
- Set 2: Black Ink with Red Tens – all cards are in black with red multiples of 10
- Set 3: Rainbow Tens – Each set of 10 is a different color
After downloading your desired set of number cards, save them to computer if you’d like, and then print them. I guarantee these cards will get heavy use and you’ll need to laminate them. Then simply cut apart.
I store our cards in a lidded container.