I know we are looking for quick activities which don’t take a long time to set up. So honestly, this did take sometime to put together. However if you are under time constraints then you could easily replicate it with coloured card and get the same result. Sewing is my stress therapy, I use it to unwind in front of the telly, so all in all it probably took me a month to complete, spending a few hours here and there.
I used a machine to sew the leaves, each has a piece of wadding inside and I also machine sewed a vein down the centre. The numbers are felt and sewn on with blanket stitch by hand. I used a darker green thread to make them stand out.
The ladybirds are actually wooden blanks which I coloured with Sharpies and then coated in Modge Podge, you could use pebbles instead if you wanted to make it more tactile. However if you are after wooden blanks then the ones I used can be found here.
The game is to match the number of ladybird spots with the numbers on the leaves. Monkey can easily count to 12 but can not ‘read’ numbers so I hoped help him to start to recognise them. Recently he has requested that we start to use dice with the game as well, although using two means that you never get to match the number 1!
This is also a great one to make into a busy bag for use when out and about (minus the dice unless you want to be climbing under tables to find them) and we have used it for entertainment in restaurants.
Alternatively if you decided to make these from card instead of fabric and wood then you could get your little one to draw on the spots themselves, bringing a visual dimension to counting.