As children grow, they learn many things. A lot of those things have to do with maths and numbers. Counting is generally one of the first maths skills that they acquire, and this often occurs even before school going age. Luckily, we as parents can help our children develop this very important skill by doing a variety of games and activities at home.
Rote counting (or saying numbers in a sequence from memory) is what most children will be able to do, but this does not mean that they can actually determine the amount in a collection. In order to help your child develop an actual understanding of numbers and how counting relates to real life, I have found 10 great, hands-on counting activities that will help your child develop their one-to-one correspondence with counting and make a actual connection between the spoken number and a concrete amount (while also learning and practicing a whole range of skills along the way including fine motor, number recognition, ordering, subitising, writing, grouping and more).
1.These pom pom number boards (craftulate.com) include a free printable, and are the perfect craft for a rainy day.
2. Got a bag of popsicle stick lying around? Then why not try out a popsicle stick puzzle (powerfulmothering.com) with your little one? It’s actually 2 activities in one, because your little artist first has to paint the puzzle himself…double the fun!
3.Almost done with your egg carton? Then counting and making ten with egg cartons (learnwithplayathome.com) is the right activity to try today. A great introduction to addition!
4.Hole punch number game (123homeschool4me.com) this activity really is great, as long as you don’t mind all the little circles floating around after 😉 It improves your child’s fine motor skills too.
5.For a yummy way to learn number sequence, try this ice cream number learning activity (learnwithplayathome.com) And as an added bonus, gluing the circles to the card not only improves fine motor skills, it also leaves you with some beautiful artwork for the kids play room.
6.Count and clip cards (themeasuredmom.com) these look like so much fun, i’m sure any toddler would love this! You know what…as soon as my little one is old enough, I’m doing this one!
7.Plastic bottle number bowling (learnwithplayathome.com) is an all-round winner, and I’m sure you’re kids will be begging to play this real often. So much fun!
8. This dino counting game is so cute, and is the perfect activity to introduce even the very youngest (2+) children to number identification.
9. A great option with everyday objects is fun block maths (learnwithplayathome.com)
10. This Dr Seuss Inspired counting game (mamamiss.com) includes a free printable, and requires quite a bit of prep work on your part, grown-up, but if your child is a Dr Seuss fan, than this game has the potential to be a great teaching tool. Take a look and decide for yourself.
Well, there you have it…10 activities to get you and your little one started. With a little luck, and some practice, your little one should be getting more comfortable with these concepts in no time 🙂 .
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