Counting to 20
Our twins are in a prime counting stage. They count things they find, they count as they play, they count aloud in the car for no reason at all. I have been working on finding fun, interactive ways for us to practice counting such as our 20 Things Collection. Here is another super simple way to practice counting.
Today's counting activity took me about 5 minutes to prepare. All you need to do is draw simple circles on a piece of paper and then write in the numbers up to whatever number your child(ren) is working on right now.
Gather some loose parts and put them in a basket.
Loose Parts are a wonderful way to provide hands on learning opportunities for kids. I shared some of our favorite ways to use them a while ago. They are a natural material for math activities. Gather a basket of whatever you have on hand. Depending on the season this might be sticks, leaves, pinecones, seashells, rocks, etc. Lately we have been spending time camping and at the beach so this influenced what I put out for our counting activity.
Leave out as an invitation for your child(ren). When they find it, encourage time for exploration. They will likely start with the loose parts. Follow their lead for how they want to use the invitation, but here are some ideas for play:
*Demonstrate counting a row of numbers if they fill one up.
*Practice number recognition. For example "You filled the #12 circle with seashells and the #8 circle is full of rocks" or "You have rocks in numbers 6 and 7, do you want to add some to 8 as well?"
*If they fill all of the circles, ask if they would like to count with you.
*Identify patterns they have made. For example, "That first row is a rock, seashell, rock, seashell pattern!"
Large piece of paper
Adapt for Younger Kids by:
*Preparing a smaller number of circles. For example, 5 or 10.
*Make rows of different shapes and practice recognizing shapes instead of numbers.
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