Printable Duplo Number Cards. Plus 5 fun ways to use them!

Sep 19, 2012

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Lego Duplo is probably the #1 most used toy in our house at this stage, with an 11 month old and a 3.5 year old.

It's also such a fabulous learning tool. The other day I thought I'd make some fun number cards for the kids to play with.

We've really enjoyed playing with them and can see just how many uses they can have for early maths learning. Therefore, we just had to share them with you. :)


Free Printable Duplo Number Cards

Instructions For Printing: 

Click on each of the images below to take you to the document. (The Duplo Cards are saved as 3 different files in Google Docs. (1-4) (5-8) and (9,10,0) You'll need to open the 3 images to save all of them)

At the document, click File and then Download. Save the image to your computer and print copies as required.

For extra durability and usage, laminate the cards. If you don't have a laminator you could always cover with contact paper.

Please Note: When you open them in Google Docs, the picture may seem small but the file size is actually quite large. Once you have downloaded the documents to your computer, you will be able to print them full size. If all else fails, drop me an email and I'll send you a copy :)


Click to Download numbers 1-4

Click to Download numbers 5-8

Click to Download numbers 9,10,0





5 Fun Ways to use the Duplo Number Cards

1
Use them for Number Recognition, Reading Numbers and Counting.

Make a tower with corresponding number of blocks
For added colour recognition and cognitive processing, make the tower using the same colours as pictured



2
 Use them for Comparing Values

Which is the bigger/smaller number? Which is the tallest/shortest tower? Which has more/less blocks?



 3
Use the blank card to write numbers on
(If laminated, use a dry-erase/whiteboard marker)

Make numbers greater than 10



 4
Practice Addition and Subtraction
eg 10 blocks and 2 blocks make 12 blocks



5

Use the large number shapes to trace over and practice letter writing




Handy Tips:

- Simplify this activity by just playing with the cards and making the corresponding towers

-Extend this activity by playing more games with the cards, ie. Memory, Matching Pairs (need to print 2 sets for these type of games). Focus on reading and recognising the written number and on adding 2 or more number cards together

- Add a dice for extra number recognition and roll and find the matching card. Roll 2 dice, find both cards and make a tower. Play in pairs to see who makes the bigger tower etc.


- Listen to your child talk as they go through their experiences. This will help you determine where they are at with their learning, knowledge and understanding and help you to develop the activity (or future activities) to their level and interests. If they are breezing through single digits, start to focus more on double digits



More Fun Maths for Kids 



Happy playing,
Debs :)



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28 comments:

  1. I love this! We just got some duplos!

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  2. Love love this idea! We have duplo but never thought of this! I feel a bit stupid now! Xlisa

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  3. We are so so using this - thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. these are brilliant! especially the dry erase ones!!! pinned it to a few boards... sharing on FB tomorrow.

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  5. These are awesome! My boys are obsessed with Duplos and will LOVE playing with these cards. I have a feeling that they won't even notice they're learning. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thank you thank you thank you!!!! My kids will love them!

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  7. These are really wonderful ideas which you share here.Thanks for this.
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  8. Thanks for your comment on my DUPLO post, these are fantastic! Thanks so much.

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  9. I wish I could figure out why the downloads won't work for me, they look fantastic to use in my classroom! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks. Sorry you're having troubles. If you'd like to email me with your email address I'd be happy to send them to you.
      With the downloads, they are in a google doc and you have to click and save them to your hard drive so you can print them :)

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  10. Just found you through pintrest and LOVE this! I would like to use it with two of my kinders that are still struggling with numbers. When I click on the pic I see your creation briefly and then a box comes up and says google has detected an error and I can't download it. Based on the last comment, my email is kcal88@gmail.com :) Thanks for sharing such a great idea!
    Katrina

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    1. Hi Katrina,
      apologies about that. I'll have to look into it as when I click it, it works fine for me. Am sending a copy of the cards through to you now.
      Thanks for your lovely comment and I hope you'll be back. Cheers, Debs :)

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  11. i love these. I may have let out a little squeal when i found these. I'm trying to help Goblin with number recognition and he loves lego (we haven't got any duplo but i'm sure lego will be close enough) so he can totally do this. yey!

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    1. haha, nope, you have to make lego ones. haha. Then, when my kids stop using duplo and move onto lego, I can use your cards and not have to make them myself again, lol. :)

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  12. Awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. i can't get them to open/print as a full page. The download link brings them up in google docs but it's very small. any tips?

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    1. Hi Jessica. The cards are 3 different files (1-4) (5-8) (9,10,0)(sorry about that). When it opens it in Google Docs it may appear as a small file but they are actually very large and can be printed full size. You just need to download the 3 files off google docs onto your computer and then you can print them at whatever size you like. :)

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  14. just read the comments and see a few others are having trouble with the downloads as well. If you could e-mail them to me i would greatly appreciate it! jbozza3@gmail.com. thank you so much, my kids will love them

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    1. I have emailed them to you Jessica but just in case others think that the files don't work, they are successfully downloaded by people on a daily basis... I am not sure if different browsers are showing them as different things but we have tested and re-tested, and the downloads of the documents seem to work fine and can be printed at home without issues. Sorry you had an issue with it and I hope your kids enjoy them :)

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  15. I am linking to your fun site! I run a preschool lesson blog and this week we are going to use this fun activity for our math lesson. Thank you!
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    1. Great. Thanks for letting me know Ashley. Have a lovely day :)

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  16. What an awesome idea! Do you mind if I share this page on my blog? I'm just getting it up and running, I have a DIY activity section that I'd love to include this on (crediting you, of course!) Thanks!

    -Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa. Thanks for your comment. If you'd like to share the url to this post and not the direct link to the download, that would be fine. Cheers, Debs :)

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  17. Can I use regular Legos with these cards? Thank you

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    1. Yes. The colours may not match but the concept is the same. :)

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