Number printing with Numicon and Duplo. I challenged Finn to see how many shapes he could make with each number.


  • Numicon
  • Duplo bricks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Bowl of water to rinse brushes
  • Paper or card
  • Baby wipes


I left it completely up to Finn to decide how to tackle this challenge. He worked through the numbers methodically in numerical order. Stencilling the number first and painting the Numicon shape, before printing with the Duplo.

Ioan joined in after school and chose to make his shapes with Numicon number ‘ones’, whereas Finn preferred to stick with the Duplo bricks. I have included two number 5s to show their different techniques.

We made up to number 8, before we ran out of space on the waterproof mat. We will carry on another day as I intend to turn these into a number line.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.