The Number Crate is by far my favorite crate we’ve received from Koala Crate to date, certainly the most M of the STEM acronym (rather obviously, since the topic was numbers). It wasn’t necessarily Travis’s favorite, but we still had lots of fun!
Things started off with scientific mixing and pouring to make Playdough, which he loved. Hmm, what could be in this squishy pouch?
In a bowl we mixed together our dough conditioner, dough stabilizer, dough concentrate, and dough liquid.
Travis noticed that it smelled like Fruity Bunnies! He immediately fell to kneading and playing with the dough once it was the right consistency. The provided wooden sticks were great for making “abstract art,” as well as cute porcupines and “birthday cakes”.
I appreciated that the sticks had no pointy end, unlike the toothpicks we normally have around the house.
Next it was time to put our playdough to work with the provided Number Activity Mats. Two of these were obviously about numbers – counting balls up to 10 and an intro to measuring. Having a visual cue of each ball he placed while counting really helped Travis count carefully, instead of skipping a number as he’s prone to do!
The measuring was cute, and great for teaching him to roll long shapes.
Then we had imaginative fun with play food:
And play faces:
The final element of our crate was Domino Cards and the instructions for two Number Games. You could create these cards easily at home with cardboard and permanent markers! The rules of the game are a bit advanced for those on the young end of Koala’s age spectrum (3 to 5 years). For example, matching up pips on the dice was hard for Travis, as suggested in one game.
We could, however, make domino mazes by matching numbers or pictures. Overall, the activities in this crate will last us a long time for number learning fun, as Travis grows into some of the suggested games.
For those who don’t have Koala’s pre-mixed playdough pouches, here is an easy at home (and no-cook!) recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon oil
1 cup water
2 drops food coloring
Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water, oil, and food coloring, stirring to combine. Knead the dough on a mat or baking sheet until everything is combined. Add a bit more flour if the dough is still a little wet (I ended up adding a generous extra 1/4 cup). Final step? Play!
Travis loved helping stir up this batch, and was arguably way more into the making of both playdoughs than he was the number games that followed.
As a final gross motor activity, we counted with movement along to a suggestion in the booklet. Bend 1 time, jump 2 times, shake 3 times… and more!