Introduction to Number Names

Number names are simply expressing numbers in words. For example, 1 is written or read as one. Number names make it easier for us to learn and identify numbers. 

Number names are always written considering the place value of the digit in the given number. Number names from 1 (one) to 10 (ten) are used for writing names of higher numbers.

Rules for writing number names :

  1. The place value of the number is always considered when writing numbers in the word form. 

For example : 

4 at ones place is four

4 at tens place is forty,

4 at hundreds places is four hundred and so on.

  1. Number names from 1 to 9 are used to write the names of higher numbers.
  2. Number names from 13 to 19 have the suffix ‘teen’ for example : 

13 – thirteen, 14 – fourteen, 15 – fifteen, and so on.

  1. Number names for multiples of 10 up to 90 use ‘ty’ as a suffix, for example : 20 – twenty, 30 – thirty, 40 – forty, and so on.

Let’s begin by discovering some ways to teach number names to our young learners in a fun and interesting ways :


Teaching number names with kid friendly, clear and easy to understand posters from Uncle Math School by Fun2Do Labs :

Download free printable teaching resources from Uncle Math School by Fun2Do Labs for a better understanding of number names.


Teaching number names through stories from Uncle Math School by Fun2Do Labs :

The Wheel Of Numbers


Teaching number names by play – way method :

Number Puzzles :

  • There are three parts to these Number Puzzles – the Number, the Number Name, and the Number Quantity.
  • The level of the game is decided as per the age of the child; initially, numbers from 1 to 10 can be taken. 
  • Kids can be instructed to begin with numbers, its name and then the quantity.

Teaching number names by hands – on activities :

Number Names Bingo :

  • In this activity, bingo cards are made using number names.
  • The level of the activity is decided as per the age of the child, initially, for kindergarten kids, numbers from 1 to 20 can be taken.
  • Rest is just like a classic bingo game, but with number names on the cards instead of numbers.
  • To start the game, a parent or teacher can be the caller who calls the number name to be struck by each player.
  • The caller distributes a bingo card to each player.
  • The caller calls out the number name.
  • Players then look for the number name on their cards. If the number appears on a player’s card, it is struck off with a shout of “BINGO”. 
  • The player whose only horizontal, vertical, or slanting line is struck off is announced as the winner of the game.

Help your kids to practise number names by interesting and fun free printable worksheets and solutions from Uncle Math School by Fun2Do Labs.

Worksheet 076 : Match The Number Names
Solution 076 : Match The Number Names
Worksheet 077 : Count And Write Number Names
Solution 077 : Count And Write Number Names