We are learning to count over here! Of course, the primary I have been teaching Lilleigh to count has been to just count things in our day to day life, such as the number of blueberries on her plate or the number of Little People she brought me. This requires no extra tools, which is a plus! But we have certainly done a few intentional activities to encourage counting as well. Here are a few…
This first one is an affiliate link for a book we love: Poke-a-Dot: Old MacDonald’s Farm
Another mom friend recommended this book to our play group, so I added it to Lilleigh’s Christmas list this past year. And this is a book we have loved! First off, it’s a large board book that is very sturdy and toddler-safe, which is awesome since it’s one we read over and over again. Most importantly though, the main attraction to this book that makes it different from other counting books is that each page provides more than just something to count or touch. Each animal on the page has a dot that your child can “pop” as they count, so the pages are more than just something to look at but actually have something to touch and hear. And once you pop a dot, you cannot pop it again, which also facilitates counting, since half the battle (at least for us) seems to be learning not to recount an animal but to count each only once. This is a book Lilleigh will pull out on her own and read over and over again, popping each dot as she goes. I can’t recommend this enough! And don’t just take my word for it – see all it’s 5-star reviews!
My child also has a sticker obsession at the moment. Really, what child doesn’t? I have started writing a number and making that amount of dots on a page, then handing her stickers to put on top of the dots. So for the number “5″ I make 5 dots, each on which she can place 1 sticker, making a set of 5 stickers on that page with the number “5″ on it. Make sense? Then she can clearly see 5 stickers. You could totally do this with other objects too, not just stickers. But since we love stickers, that’s what we’ve been doing!
What have you done to teach counting?