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

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

 Use them for Comparing Values

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

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

Make numbers greater than 10

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


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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