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Numeration Activities

This page provides examples of math center activities aligned with the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics (Board of Education of the City of New York, 2001; State Education Department) continuum for numeration. These activities can be used by teachers or parents to support students' progress within a stage or to promote movement to the next stage on the continuum.

For more information on using these centers in your classroom see the ECAM Centers page.


Stage A: These children are just beginning to recognize numerals. They may name some numerals from zero to ten. They do not yet understand the order of these numbers.

Next Steps:

  • Recognize all numerals from 0 to 10 and understand the correct order of these numbers
Playdough NumbersPlaydough Numbers

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Number Puzzles 1-10
Missing Number Grids (1-10)
Number Jigsaws
Playdough Numbers
Magic Fan
Cover Up
Show it Three Ways
Representing Numbers in 3 Ways
Dice Pattern Bingo (1-6)
Dice Pattern Bingo (2-12)
Ordering Numbers
Domino Match
Race to Trace (1-6)
Race to Trace (2-12)
Dice Race
Handwriting Sheets (1-10)
More Handwriting (1-9)
Counting Rhymes


Stage B: These children recognize all numerals from zero to ten, and understand the correct order of these numbers.

Next Steps:

  • Recognize and compare two-digit numerals.
  • Name the number that comes after a two-digit number.

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Greater Than
Less Than
Race to Trace (11-22)
Missing Numbers (1-50)
Handwriting Sheets (11-20)
Comparing 2 Digit Numbers
My Teens on the Ten Frame Book
Teens on the Rekenrek


Stage C: These children are beginning to recognize and compare many two-digit numerals. They may confuse similar ‘sounding’ numbers such as thirty and thirteen. They can tell the number that comes after a two-digit number.

Next Steps:

  • Develop an understanding of the place value of two-digit numbers
  • Understand that ten ones are grouped to form one ten
  • Order two digit numbers
  • Tell the number before a given two-digit number
Free Math Centers!Tens and Ones Game

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Tens and Ones
Build a Train
Make Ten Bundles
Tens and Ones Game
Tens and Ones Board
Base Ten Concentration (2 Digits)
Rep. 2 Digit Numbers with Base 10 Blocks
Number Grid Puzzles
Number Grid Puzzles Set 1
Build a Number Line
Number Cards 21-30
Guess My Number


Stage D: These children are beginning to understand the place value of a two-digit number. They understand that ten ones are grouped to form one ten. They can order two-digit numbers, and can tell the number before a given two-digit number.

Next Steps:

  • Recognize three-digit numerals
  • Demonstrate developing understanding of the place value of three-digit numbers
  • Compare and order numbers to 999

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Missing Numbers (3 Digits)
Make Six Numbers
Number Word Concentration
Representing Numbers in 4 Ways
Roll 3 Digits
Comparing 3 Digit Numbers
Place Value Challenge (3 Digits)
Base 10 Concentration (3 Digits)
Order Up
Number Writing Barrier Game


Stage E: These children are able to recognize three-digit numerals. They have a growing understanding of the place value of three-digit numbers. They can compare and order numbers to 999.
Next Steps:

  • Recognize and order numerals beyond 1000
  • Demonstrate secure understanding of place value.

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Roll 4 Digits
Place Value Challenge (4 Digits)


Stage F: These children can recognize and order numerals beyond 1000. They demonstrate a solid understanding of place value.

POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES

Place Value Triangle

Numeral, Word, Expanded Form


K Math Journals
1st Grade Math Journals
2nd Grade Math Journals
3rd Grade Math Journals


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