How to Teach Your Kids Their Address and Phone Number
Everyone knows how important it is for children to memorize their address and phone number. This is true not just for convenience, but also for safety. Children often learn best when there is some sort of game involved, and there are many fun ways you can teach your child his or her address and phone number.
Make a Map of the Neighborhood
Have your child draw a map of the neighborhood, or draw one together. Place your address and phone number on the house. Put other important or fun locations on the map as well, like the school or a best friend’s house.
Put It to Song
Make up a song comprised of the address and phone number, or find a variety online. A common choice is Frere Jacques.
Make a Sequence Activity
Separate your address and phone number onto separate index cards, like so:
- House number
- Street name
- City or Town
- Zip Code
Place the index cards out of order, and then have your child put them in the correct order. You can also do this with just the telephone number, by placing each number on a separate card.
Practice in Real Life
Have your child practice punching the numbers on a cell phone or house phone. You can also teach your child the correct buttons to push, like “send,” in order to complete the call.
Use an Abacus
An abacus, or any other type of manipulative, is a great way for your child to practice and visualize your phone number. It’s also a great counting exercise.
Make a Mailbox
Create a makeshift mailbox out of a cardboard box, or purchase a play mailbox. Your children can send each other letters through the mailbox after addressing the envelopes.
Turn It into a Craft Project
A fun 3-D alternative to a map is a small, standing house. You can make it out of cardboard or anything else that will stand upright. Kids can design the front to match the house, and then add the street number. You can also put up a marker next to the house with the street name.
Create a Game
Make a phone number game from popular games like hopscotch and BINGO.
Use one method, or mix and match. The possibilities are endless for teaching your child his or her phone number.
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