I must confess, this was not my idea. My daughter actually brought this home from school a week earlier and it got me to thinking about numbers and sensory experiences. It is so important that children learn good habits with letter and number printing. In my early days of teaching (gee I sound old) I use to keep a small box with sand in it so the children could make the letter or number I presented when I presented the sandpaper letters or numbers. Do you know how amazing it is to just sit and feel sand run through your fingers? Finch seed is like that also. It as an incredible silky feel. I have had that out at a table just so the children can sit and pour it through their hands. I have watched a few do it for long periods of time. Sensory experiences are so very important. Many things happen to children in those moments. The settle, they figure out a few things, and they feel quiet.
Wouldn't it be fun if we could go through life signing our pay checks this way?!