We located our massive roll of bubble wrap this afternoon and as one of Georgia’s favourite things to do with it is pop it with her hands we decided to try and jump on it with bare feet instead.

This made an even more statifying pop compared to using hands and inspired me to then create this bubble wrap number hop activity.

This activity can be a fun way to learn anything from counting to 10 to simple maths problems and also has the extra sensory element added when combined with bare feet.

You will need:

  • Roll of bubble wrap
  • Thick black marker
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape

Firstly I cut out 10 squares from the bubble wrap and then used the marker pen to draw on the numbers on the flat side, not the raised side.

Georgia was desperate to help with this so some of the numbers have all sorts of marks on them but she was happy with the result. 

I initially didn’t secure these to the floor but as Georgia had bare feet the number squares kept sticking to her feet so they definitely needed securing.

bubble wrap number hop

There’s lots of different ways you can use these bubble wrap numbers, here’s some of the ones we tried:

  • Shout out a number to jump on
  • Jump on all the numbers in order 1 – 10 and then 10 – 1
  • Jump on the number of your age / friends age
  • Jump on your favourite number
  • Even / odd numbers
  • Stand on a number and then jump on the one that is one less / one more than that number
  • Make double digit numbers e.g how do you make 15 (jump on 1 and then 5)

and lots more could be added depending on the age and stage of the children.

bubble wrap number hop

We have also done this activity before using a large roll of paper and coloured pens that the children could decorate the numbers themselves as well as doing it with chalk outside on the patio.

If you love bubble wrap then check out the fabulous Mulitcraftingmummy who has a whole section on her website dedicated to bubble wrap activities.

bubble wrap number hop


Areas of Learning

As a childminder I am required to track the development of the children I care for using the 7 areas of Learning and Development as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Using the Early Years Outcomes (EYO’s) as a guide I was able to observe the following during the Little Tots play:

  • Communication & Language: following directions / instructions
  • Physical development: enjoying sensory experiences, running / jumping / negotiating spaces freely and with skill.
  • Literacy: early mark making, writing numbers.
  • Maths: counting to 10, recognising numbers to 10 and beyond, understanding concept of more and fewer, adding numbers together, recognising that different things can be counted e.g jumps.

The Early Years Outcomes document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners.
It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. 

Read my blog post about Early Years Outcomes v Development Matters

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