Learning to count can be a frustrating task for some kids and parents, so why not turn it into a game or crafting activity?
Sometimes as adults we forget how much can be learned through play. We make teaching our children more difficult than it needs to be! I’m totally guilty of this too.
I’ve compiled this list of indoor activities I use to help my toddler learn to count, so hopefully they help you as well!
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Scavenger hunts are fun for all ages, even adults go to escape rooms to find the clues to get out! There are so many developmental benefits for children during scavenger hunts, but for this in particular the goal is to get comfortable with counting and recognizing colors! Make sure to have your little one count with you as they bring you their hidden treasures!
I’ve put together two worksheets for rainbow scavenger hunts, one with craft supplies that we use during our scavenger hunts and another blank sheet so you can make your own!
The craft supplies we use:
Beads and Pipe Cleaners
Shape your pipe cleaners into numbers and allow your child to string the correct amount of beads the matching pipe cleaner numbers (example: pipe cleaner twisted into a 5 gets 5 beads).
Along with counting, this activity is a great grasp activity for toddlers. Working on hand eye coordination and fine motor skills while learning numbers.
We use our pipe cleaner numbers mentioned above for this activity as well! There’s many ways that you can use blocks for counting, our favorite is to use our pipe cleaner numbers and stack the blocks as high as the number represented on the pipe cleaners.
Count by Caterpillars
I actually found this idea from https://typicallysimple.com but the version on their site only went to 5 and I needed something that went a little higher! So, I created my own version with colored pencils and cardstock. My daughter really enjoyed this project so I decided to make a PDF of it to share!
To complete this activity, all you need is some green paint! Have your child dip their finger in the paint and create the caterpillar’s body. Make sure to have them count out loud as they put their finger prints in place!
If you want to get really creative you could even create your own green paint by mixing blue and yellow! Or use crafting pompoms and glue to create a 3D caterpillar body.
Whatever method you choose, just don’t forget to have fun!
Small World Nursery Rhyme
Use small world characters to act out the nursery rhythm Once I Caught A Fish Alive
1 2 3 4 5 Once I caught a fish alive
6 7 8 9 10 Then I let it go again
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right