Learning to Count is Easy as 123

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If you ask my daughter how old she is, she will tell you that she is 1. My mother-in-law taught her this many months ago. She is turning 2 next month & if you ask her how old she is going to be next month, she will answer that correctly as well. I love that she knows this. We have been working on numbers with her for some time, now. One of our favorite books is ‘Ten Little Ladybugs’ This has been a great book for her to learn to count with.


While counting the lady bugs, I will count up until the last bug & pause. 1, 2, 3…. and Mai will yell out “4”. Good job, baby! She knows her sequence of numbers from 1-10, but I am not quite sure if she know what these numbers mean. Lately, I have noticed that if she sees a pair, she will point out to me that there are 2. I thought that she would be ready to start recognizing higher quantities. Let’s see how she does with our DIY counting crafts.

Counting by Petals

Outline a petal in pencil on a piece of cardboard.


Cut out your petals.



Cut out 2 pieces of felt for each petal,a bit larger than the cardboard. Glue the felt pieces around the front and back of the cardboard piece.


Cut out out a number for each petal or use a fabric marker to number the petal.


Cut out the mid section of your flower & repeat above step minus the numbering.


Adhere the flower’s center & stem to a firm felt board & draw an outline for where you want your petals to be placed.


Number the petals.


Let your child play and learn.



Felt sticks to felt but if you want a more secure adhesion you may also use velcro for the backs of your petals. I hung the flower petal puzzle with pipe cleaners in my daughter’s play area.


How Many Worms in the Apple?

Cut out the shape for the apple, stem & a leaf out of felt for each apple. Cut out a smaller apple shape out of cardboard & glue the front & back of the apple around the cardboard with the stem adhered to the inside. Set leaf aside.


Cut out a piece of velcro & attach to the back end of the leaf where you would like it to attach to the apple.


Draw in a number or cut out a felt number to put on the leaf that will correspond with the number of worms in the apple.


Make a worm hole to correspond with the number of worms you will have. Glue 2/3 of the way around on the edge. Leave the middle open to form a pocket to fit the pipe cleaner worm.


Cut a small section of pipe cleaner to make your worm & make an eye with magic marker. Place the worm in the worm hole pocket.





While Mai enjoyed playing with the worms & petals, I think she was still a bit young to recognize the numerals & match them up correctly, but we will keep counting & practicing & having fun learning along the way.

Up Next: Mashed Potato Balls

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  1. Ten Little Ladybugs was one of my youngest daughter’s favorite books when she was a toddler – we brought it home from the library every time we visited! These are some helpful ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    ~Lisha 🙂

  2. This is really cute and very creative! I am all for activities for younger children that are noth fun and educational. Plus this looks so easy and inexpensive to make.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Wow! I love these adorable educational tools. I did the same thing with my son when he was 1 and now he’s counting higher than I ever expected. I’m close to getting him to count to 100. Just keep up the great work Mom; you will surely be happy with the future results!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! 🙂

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