Number Gnomes!

Last Christmas, I had big plans to make some number gnomes for my kids to help them with their number recognition and basic math, like I had seen on Etsy.  Well, up until a few days ago, those unfinished wooden peg dolls sat in a box for the past twelve months! So one Sunday afternoon, while we watched football, Em and I decided that the wait was over.  Time to make some Number Gnomes!

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I’ve painted Rainbow Color Wooden Peg Dolls twice before, so I was confident in my painting skills.  This time, since I wasn’t worried about any babies gumming them, I used acrylic paint on all but the dark blue, which I had overlooked, and colored pencils for the faces.

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Em “helped” as much as she could, but on her first gnome she put a big splotch of red paint on his head, so we had to give them all hoods.  After that I let her paint the white peg dolls and cups.  I’m a little too OCD for those shenanigans.

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So after we painted them all a different color…

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…we painted numerals on them once they were dry.

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Meanwhile I let Em finish the white peg dolls, on which I wrote the plus, minus, and multiplication symbols, and an equal sign on one of the cups.  Now I have a whole set of number gnomes and some math gnomes to keep it interesting for the big kids. I am so excited!

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My kids LOVE these, especially Jax! I’ve kept them on the kitchen table and he plays with them first thing in the morning.  Yesterday, he came up with a different idea, to put the answer to the math equation inside the equal cup.  So creative!

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It’s not too late to make a set of Number Gnomes for the holidays as a colorful and fun way to help your favorite school-aged kid learn math!  Add them to our other set of colorful peg dolls, and we’ve really got a miniature world at our fingertips! I’m very happy I made the time to make these for my kids.

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