Tactile Trace Numbers


Tracing shapes for number learning!
Ages 3+
32 pieces



A tactile way to practice number recognition and formation. Primary school children will develop their number recognition and formation skills with this tactile set.

Children trace the plastic numbers and operation signs with their finger, starting at the dot and following the raised arrow texture for guidance. If traced the wrong way, the rough texture provides sensory input for self-checking.

Set includes operation signs to encourage early problem solving. Sturdy plastic numbers and operation signs can be used in all types of messy play. Largest number  measures 10 x 7 cm.

Tactile numbers and operations will help to develop a variety of primary numeracy skills:
* Number recognition
* Number formation awareness
* Counting and number order
* Maths sentences: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

What’s in the Box?
* 32 textured tactile numbers
* Five textured tactile operations signs

ALSO AVAILABLE in a classroom set of 128 tactile numbers and 14 operation signs.

Activity Suggestions:
1. Before starting the activities give children plenty of time to explore the numbers and operations on their own. Let them discover the tactile markings. Point out how the raised dots denote
where they should begin tracing, following the flow of arrows to feel a smooth track. Should they try to trace the numbers incorrectly, the raised arrow heads will feel rough as a means of
self-checking. Some numbers (such as the numbers 4 and 5) feature an additional directional pattern, in which they need to lift their finger off, such as the ‘hat’ on number 5. Also included in
the set are the four operations signs: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, plus the equals sign. These have been included to extend the children’s learning when they are ready to
begin creating early number sentences.

2. Messy Numbers
Hide the numbers in all kinds of messy play medium such as sand, water, bubbles, shaving foam, jelly etc. Have the children search for a number, feeling the overall shape before
tracing the arrow path. Can they identify the number just by touch? Can the children match the correct number of objects to the number they find? Can they create a number line? Try adding in
the operations signs to see what number sentence they create.

3. Blindfold Numbers
Children take it in turns to wear a blindfold and pick a number from a special bag/box. Using only their sense of touch have them follow the arrows to identify the correct number. If they
guess correctly they get to keep the number. Whoever can collect the most wins!

4. Creating Numbers
Children use play dough, clay, plasticine or pipe cleaners to correctly form numbers. Encourage them to build the numbers on top of or to the side of a plastic number, using the tactile
markings for guidance. Extend the activity by having children use the formed numbers to create number lines or try simple number sentences with the additional operations signs.

5. Number Station
Make the set available during number activities and in maths/number areas to give children confidence in writing the numbers they are finding tricky.


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