Pumpkin 1 can recognize her numbers to 10 and recently has started counting to 10 (she’s 27 months), but she’s only beginning to grasp the concept of counting objects and relating them to the number symbol. These are two activities we’re working on. They are still challenging for her and require my help but she is beginning to grasp the concept. She may still be a little young for them, they’d be great for a 3 year old.
This first activity uses magnetic numbers and gems. I put the numbers across the top and the child has to put the right amount of gems below.
The second activity is the opposite. The objects to count are given and the child has to match the number. These activity cards can be downloaded from Confessions of a Homeschooler along with tons of other great resources. Using wood or plastic letters is great for toddlers since they can’t write yet. It gives them the ability to learn things and do activities that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do
Pumpkin 1 is really into princesses and has to carry around the princess cards I made for her everywhere (as seen in the pictures). It’s always a panic at bedtime when she has to have them to sleep with and we don’t know where she’s put them!
We’re doing a lot of counting at different times of the day, often when on the potty. We count fingers, toes, toys, objects on clothing, pictures in books. There’s always things around to count.