What learning can your Peg Board support?

10- 15 months +

  • Encourage your baby to develop pincer and release grip by removing and dropping the pegs one by one.
  • The next stage is replacing the pegs back into the board. Children will discover that the pegs fit into each hole.
  • However some care, patience and skill is required the return the pegs to their individual holes.
  • Onto stacking, your child will quickly discover that the pegs can be stacked one on top of the other to create an enormous leaning tower – (see if you can balance every peg) 

18 months- 3 years

  • Encourage your Teeny Tiny to recognise and sort the pegs by colour – you can role model this and collect the same coloured pegs into small containers. (This sorting skill can take some time and is a great foundation to numeracy skill)
  • Build different sized towers – ask ‘Which tower is the tallest/shortest?” 
  • Develop positional language – on top, beside, in front, behind, underneath.
  • To develop 1-1 correspondence when counting, a child needs lots and lots of practice. By moving one peg at a time into the neighbouring empty row while counting, this can help develop 1-1 correspondence. The physical moving of the peg supports the tactile learner.
3-5 years
  • Imaginative play develops – the yellow pegs become money, the red pegs become strawberries,
  • Mr Green visits Mr Blue.
  • Begin to make sets to a given number e.g. “Can you pass me 4 blue pegs?, “I would like to buy 5 strawberries please”
  • Patterning –make repeated patterns , red, blue, red, blue, yellow yellow, green green.
  • Supports addition – stack pegs in piles of 4 or 5 question how many different ways can you make 5.
  • 1+4, 3+2, 0+5, 4+1, 2+3, 5+0 using the different colours.
Inspiring parenting and supporting you as your child’s first teacher – have fun! 


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