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 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.
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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