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Toys to Teach Numbers for a 14 Month Old

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MarilynB Report 1 Dec 2012 16:24

Hi, please has anyone any ideas what I can get a my 14 months old grandaughter to teach numbers etc. I am getting her a baby laptop, but that teaches letters shapes and sounds. Just wondered if there was anything good (and small) out there to teach numbers, or something else educational for that age group.

I would be grateful for any ideas.



**Ann** Report 1 Dec 2012 17:33

Hello Marilyn,

A little young for flash cards etc.....but if you go to amazon and type in the search bar (numbers learning) there are a few more appealing items for the young eye, also reasonably priced as well......I have ordered quite a bit from Amazon this year and they are spot on with delivery.

Good hunting


maggiewinchester Report 1 Dec 2012 17:34

I used worms with my eldest :-0
When she was small, we kept ducks,and as I dug the garden (grew all our own veg :-D - and ate some home-grown ducks :-D) she used to take the worms to feed the ducks :-|

So, to ensure the garden still had some worms, I got her t line the worms up, then count to 3 - she could take that one.
Obviously the line got longer, and she could take 4, 5 etc.

My 2 year old grandson, though he doesn't talk very well, can count up past 10. I think my daughter just used to count things out, from an early age..

He calls a satsuma a dee dor dive (3,4,5) as daughter used to count out the segments as she put them on his plate.


LollyWithSprinklez Report 1 Dec 2012 17:47

If you have one in your area the Early Learning Center has a good range of toys to teach counting (quite reasonable)

Like Ann says Amazon is also a good option

Love Maggies dee dor dive .... for my G daughter it was counting Hor- life a name that still sticks for woodlice :-D :-D

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Dec 2012 18:02

If you are looking for the image of the numbers ( rather than just counting the numbers out) you can't do better than a wall frieze of the numbers I don't think. ELC used to do them when I worked there, ditto a wooden first jigsaw with numbers 1-9, Large dominoes ( with a picture of say 6 ladybirds on one end and the number 6 at the other)

if you google 'number toys' in google images there are lots of good things :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 1 Dec 2012 18:07

Any of the tubs of brightly coloured plastic items from Early Learning will be helpful,as long as they are big enough and safe for the age group, although as others have said everyday objects can be counted as part of the day-to-day living.
They used to make large cotton reels, but I don't know if they do now.

With number it is often a gradual process of understanding and simple games help to reinforce the concept.
Put out for example 4 objects in a line touching each other and put another set of similar 4 objects in a separate line spread out across a surface with gaps between them Count each set.
At first young children might say that there are more in the 2nd line, because it reaches across more space, but slowly they realise the constancy of a number.

I wouldn't bother with number symbols at her age.

My children used to pair clean socks, from the washing, colour matching at first, then counting later.
With supervision they played for ages with clothes pegs too.


 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 1 Dec 2012 18:10

Theres also Toysrus...

Picture Dominoes are ideal as it's play and learn.

Edit,,,,look for wooden number puzzles,,numbers on boards that children of 14 months can handle.

or a number mobile from ELC which is a chat phone also.


MarilynB Report 1 Dec 2012 18:48

Thanks so much for all the ideas, will look them up, I like the idea of the dominoes from ELC, can get them on Amazon too.

Think I may give the worm idea a miss though lol, although some of the other counting ideas sound good.

Thanks again

I think I have decided, I am getting a Melissa & Doug See-Inside Numbers Peg Puzzle from Amazon, got very good reviews, may also get the dominoes too. Thanks to everyone

:-D :-D

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 3 Dec 2012 11:20

A selection of coloured plastic animals,bricks or shapes are good as they can be counted or sorted into groups & these groups counted.