Babies
The Birth of a Book Habit


Counting Activities


  • Recite the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy Went to Market.” As you say each line, point to your child’s fingers or toes and say a number in sequence from 1 to 5: This little piggy went to market. (Point to the big thumb or big toe and count one.) This little piggy stayed home. (Point to the second finger or toe and count two.) This little piggy had roast beef (change the food to something relevant to your family). (Point to the third finger or toe and count three.) This little piggy had none. (Point to the fourth finger or toe and count four.) This little piggy cried “Wee-wee-wee!” all the way home. (Point to the pinkie finger or toe and count five and tickle babies toes all the way to their belly.)
  • 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.
  • Count with your baby. Count the items you see, “I see seven dogs.” You can also count everyday scenarios, such as playing on the swings, steps, stairs, bites of food or cereal on their high chair. Number words are amazing for little ones to hear all throughout the day. Talk about patterns in our world. “I see four cars outside.” “Look at that square house.” “I see six ducks.” Therefore, your child will hear math concepts and numbers at a young age.
  • Skills Learned: Counting, observation skills, number recognition, rhythm and repetition, measurement, data analysis, patterns, vocabulary, speaking.


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