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Counting Activities
  • Talk with your child about shapes, count the sides and describe the colors of shapes you see around your neighborhood. Make your own shapes by cutting large shapes out of colored construction paper. Ask your child to “hop on the circle” or “jump on the red shape.”
  • Gather together a basket of small toys and everyday objects from around your house. Count them with your child. Sort them based on size, color, or what they do (i.e., all the cars in one pile, all the animals in another). You can also do this as you fold the laundry. Your child can help count, sort, and make patterns with the laundry.
  • Toddlers love to help. Have your toddler help you cook, read a recipe and retrieve items for the recipe. Even young children can help fill, stir, and pour. Through these activities, children learn, quite naturally, to count, measure, add, and estimate.