Basket of 3s
Every month we participate in the Virtual Book Club and this month we're reading books by Paul Galdone. One of our favorites was The Three Billy Goats Gruff, possibly because of my awesome silly goat voices. Our two year olds also happen to be obsessed with counting and numbers right now.
Gather some books to read. Classic tales often have things in 3s (Think 3 goats, 3 pigs, 3 bears). We highly recommend Galdone's versions.
Place a collection of 3s in a basket on your shelf.
Read the book(s) of your choice. As you read, emphasize the threes. In our case, we frequently counted the goats as they trudged along the page.
Invite your child to do some more counting and show them the basket. Expect to start by watching them explore. See what interests your child and try to work counting into that. Our kids were most interested in filling their eggs with the items, so before putting the two halves together we counted what they put inside.
Have your child(ren) help put the items back into the basket. This is another opportunity to count (ex. "Do we have all three puppets? Let's count..") Leave the basket on the shelf for future exploration.
* Read some counting books, here are some of our favorites.
* Work counting into your daily routines, for example; counting fruit together as you put it in your bag at the store, counting books you need to return to the library, counting silverware out to set the table.
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