Our 20 Things
This super simple activity is a great way to practice counting to 20 (or whatever number you want) with kids. Young children learn best through interactive, hands on play and activity involves using your senses, working cooperatively with others and counting.
Bring the book (optional) and other materials to the group time area with you.
Have a paper cut to whatever size will work well for your group to gather around.
During group time (or just with your child) read the book 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee. Reading the book is optional, but a counting book is a good way to introduce the idea. This is a fun book that counts up as trucks get stuck around a block and then counts down after a little boy shares his big idea and saves the day. Encourage your child(ren) to help you count the trucks and demonstrate pointing at each one as you count.
Next invite your kids to help you count 20 other things. We did this part of the activity outside. Lay out the paper and write "Our 20 Things" or something similar. Tell them that you all need to work together to find 20 things and bring them to the paper. You can divide this up however you want. For instance, if you have two kids have them each look for 10 things. If you have some older and some younger, give the older kids a bigger number to gather and the younger kids something simple like 2.
As the items are gathered, spread them out on the paper. Count together to mark progress and figure out how many more you need or if you have too many.
This is optional, but we decided we wanted to save our collection. To do this, we used washi tape to stick the found items down to the paper. Then we used a sharpie (or marker) to trace the things we couldn't tape (like watering cans).
Large Piece of Paper
Washi Tape (or other tape)
20 Big Trucks by Mark Lee (or other counting book)
*Consider making other counting collections. 5 Things, 10 Things, 20 Things, 100 Things. OR 20 Outside Things. 20 Things Around the House. 20 Favorite Things, etc.
*Read more counting books or sing counting songs (such as "Hey Elephant")
*Go on a Counting Walk.
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