I've been making a lot of resources lately, and one of them is this set of felt numerals. I don't like tracing sandpaper numerals and was not looking forward to cutting a sheet of sandpaper so I decided to go for felt instead!
The idea behind using sandpaper is that the child absorbs the shape of the numeral through their sense of touch while tracing them. Tracing felt is smoother, softer, more enjoyable and it does leave your fingertips tingling slightly. This set of numerals was a test to decide whether or not I want to make letters in the same way. And I think I do!
I used foam board (3 for 2 discount at Hobbycraft) which cut like butter with a craft knife. I didn't even measure, I just cut my A2 size board in half, then in half again, and again, and again. This gave me large tablets, exactly what I wanted.
I took a picture of my hand so you can see how large they are. I glued my felt numerals on the left hand side of the tablets so that Finley can hold them using his right hand while he traces them with his left hand as he is left-handed.
If you do this, you should know that once you have put your tacky craft glue onto the back of the felt numeral, it will be really floppy to hold and it will be difficult to position on the tablet. After realising this I left the numeral facing down with the glue on top and applied the tablet on top instead. It wasn't so easy to get the numeral where I wanted, but it worked.
I finished them with a border of white electrical tape to cover the rough edges.
I'm quite pleased with the result even though Finn has shown ZERO interest so far. And yet, he's only 2, but I should say that he can count to 9. Yes: Two, three, nine! Easy peasy!
Have you made textured numerals? Are you planning to? I'd love to know how you made them.