Montessori Number Game with Number Cards

Montessori Number Game with Number Cards

Tactile Number Cards are incredibly simple, just a piece of card stock with a sandpaper number on them to make it rough and tactile, which little hands like to feel. Ours have held up to a lot of abuse, and currently look like this:



When we started playing with tactile number cards, they were used almost like flash cards to show the shape of the numbers.  We encouraged our daughter to trace the rough surface with a finger. From there we have evolved into learning several principles at once (and a bigger set) with the number cards, and our daughter is excelling very rapidly with this method.


Here is what we do.

  1. Mix up all of the cards on the floor 
  • We do this to make it a little more challenging to find the right card.
  1. Have the little one start by making a top row of 1-10:
  • This definitely will require some coaching and “hints” but high praise for effort will spur them to fight through frustration.
  1. After the top row of 1-10 is established, we start going down by 10’s like this:
  • Now we are learning the base 10 number system that is universal and recognizing patterns. This has led our 3 year old to understand the dynamics of the twenties…etc. much quicker than simply counting. In fact, today, after only a few days of practice, she completed the entire activity by herself, counting by tens.

Finished Product:



Our Tactile Number Cards here on are perfect for beginning this exercise. They go from 0-9 and are made of wood, which is important since young hands tend to not be very gentle.

Click Here > Tactile Number Cards

However you can find an expanded set, on Amazon. Click Here > 0-20 Tactile Number Cards

If you happen to find a set of 0-30, please share it with us. ( We have looked all over cannot remember where we got ours. 

Also, if you are the DIY Type, here is a blog post describing how to make your own. 

Mamaguru - Montessori Sandpaper Numbers DIY

Here are the materials used: 

Sandpaper (150 grit is a good roughness)



Balsa Wood

Montessori Green Paint ;)

Glue Stick

Leave us a comment and tell us your method.

Happy Counting!


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