Does your child know how to count? Here are 14 ways to make counting fun for kids.
1. Beautiful Abacus
Get yourself an abacus with big, bright beads.
Put the beads in a row on the left and demonstrate how to move them one at a time to the right for younger children.
Try your hand at counting with them.
Children have a natural ability to understand this kind of thing.
After that, have the kids move one red bead, two blue beads, three yellow beads, and so on.
In addition to developing their counting skills, fine motor abilities, and color awareness, kids will benefit from this game in several ways.
2. Numeral Magnetism
Try using a lot of 1, 2, and 3s.
Disperse them carelessly across the floor or a table.
Have a good time labeling the numbers as you arrange them in order (1, 2, 3) on a cookie sheet or magnetic board.
After your youngster has mastered these three digits, you can add one at a time to make the task more challenging.
3. Throwing Balls
Distribute enticing balls to the youngsters, or play with one yourself if they are very young.
It’s a game where you must count how many times you can bounce a ball before it drops to the floor.
For young children, this could be a significant obstacle.
This is helpful; they should count the first few digits multiple times to cement the concept.
4. Construct a set of blocks to tally
Put a box of Legos or Duplos on the floor and tell the kids to grab a “1.”
Next, have them stack another block on top of the first one they built.
Get out the calculator and find out how many blocks are in each kid’s tower.
Carry on with this exercise until each child’s tower has ten blocks or more.
When the tower has reached its maximum height, have the kids start dismantling it one brick at a time, counting as they go.
Help young children learn to count by stacking plastic cubes and trusting them with you.
Maintain pressure until their tower collapses.
They will most likely want to start again and over again.
5. Drinking Straws
Get your hands on a bunch of brightly colored, extra-long drinking straws (for thick smoothies).
Take pleasure in a social activity by counting them.
Let the kids practice counting as they slip the straws over the branches of a baby bottle drying rack.
When you’ve had enough of this activity, divide the drinking straws in half and start again.
The drinking straws can be sliced into ever-smaller bits. More opportunities to practice counting will be available to kids.
6. Repeatedly Slicing Cheese
Put a slice of cheese on a plate for each kid.
Cut a grid pattern into the cheese for each child, but let them separate the tiny cubes on their own.
Help them track how many pieces they’ve eaten by counting along with you.
7. Sticky-Backed Numerals
Get lots of self-sticking numerals.
Display a row of large cardboard pieces vertically or horizontally on a wall or the floor.
First, on one large cardboard sheet, write the large number “1,” then on another large sheet, write the large number “2,” and so on.
Get the kids to match the numbered stickers with the appropriate board.
Instruct them to say the numbers aloud as they place them in the appropriate slots on the boards.
At the end of the project, have everyone count out loud while pointing to each of the cardboard squares they’ve decorated.
8. In A Single Line, Double Lines, Or Multiple Lines!
Get the kids in your group some scented markers, bright highlighters, or any other kind of marker or crayon you know they’ll like playing with.
Encourage youngsters to use them to draw vertical lines on the base of a sheet of paper.
Naturally, they will have to tally the lines one by one.
After that, have the kids (or not, depending on their ages) use scissors to cut along the lines as you count them again. It’s a great way to practice counting and fine motor skills, and it’s enjoyable for young kids who are just getting started with safety scissors.
9. Make a Flower Garden
Get some oasis blocks, gorgeous fabric, or plastic flowers from the dollar shop (or use modeling dough).
Allow the kids to pierce the foam flower stalks and keep count as they go.
They’ll want to do this repeatedly, giving them plenty of chances to hone their counting skills.
The number of flowers they can use in each arrangement is up to you.
Children in your group may also participate in flower counting.
They will be more likely to remember the sequence of numbers after hearing you repeat them.
10. Candles on a Birthday Cake
Make a large cardboard birthday cake and hang it on the wall.
Thin strips of colored paper can stand in for candles if you cut them out.
Candles can be added one by one using adhesive putty. Keep track of the number of candles you add.
11. A Spectacular Display of Lights
The light-up toy is a hit with kids.
Do some shopping for a rainbow of flashlights. Dim the lights and playfully toggle them on and off at will.
You and your companions should keep a tally of how many times the flashlights are activated.
The flashlights can double as spotlights, illuminating enormous numerals written on a wall. Identify the digits displayed.
12. Auto Racing
Buy a bunch of little toy automobiles and assign each one a different number using the adhesive labels. At the end of the process, you’ll have car 1, car 2, car 3, etc.
Have the kids line up the vehicles in numerical order and roll them from one end to the other. Identify the group members based on the car numbers.
13. Pets Confined To Their Cage
To create tiny play areas on the childcare floor, use wooden sticks (Popsicle sticks).
Create a number using each pen (1 to 5).
Have the kids divide up the animals into the correct number of pens. Gather all the animals and take a tally.
14. Drill Some Holes, Would Ya?
Hole punches are a source of endless entertainment for toddlers.
Get the kids some hole punches to make all sorts of little shapes.
Show the kids how to use the hole punches by holding up a sheet of construction paper and asking them to punch holes.
Small figures can be counted as they fall, or a small reservoir can be placed under the whole punch and periodically emptied to count the bodies.