The Birth of a Book Habit

Counting Activities

  • Recite to your child the classic nursery rhyme with numbers such as; “This Little Piggy Went to Market,” “Five in the Bed,”, “Five Little Monkeys Swimming from the Tree.” As you say each line, hold up one of your child’s fingers or toes and say a number in sequence from 1 to 5.
  • Allow your child to play with containers during bath time. Fill containers and dump them out. Use the words “full” and “empty” to describe what is happening.
  • Talk about patterns in our world. “I put the blocks in the bucket; you dump them out. I put the blocks back in the bucket; you dump them out!” or “Daddy has stripes on his shirt - white, blue, white, blue, white, blue.” Therefore, your child will hear math concepts at a young age.
  • Skills Learned: Counting, number recognition, rhythm and repetition, measurement, data analysis

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