We’ve been doing a lot of hands on counting activities lately and this is one of my daughter’s favorites. For her and the other toddlers in my daycare counting practice is our way of beginning math activities and doing some critical thinking at the same time. Of course to them these math games are just playing and having fun!
Counting Practice for Toddlers with Pom Poms & Tubes
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- Neon tube shot glasses (or you could use empty applesauce containers, plastic cups, condiment cups…)
- Small pom poms
- Dry Erase Markers
- Light Panel or a DIY Light Box (optional)
For my younger toddlers I wrote the number and added the matching number of dots to help them count out each number and begin to recognize what the quantity of each number looks like.
MB and her daycare friends spent quite awhile sorting out the corresponding number of pom poms into each tube. They enjoyed it so much that I’ve added it to our shelf of toys and they can get it out as often as they like. It gets brought out a few times each day by each girl.
For my older toddlers we wiped off the dots and they put their number recognition skills to work by counting and sorting acrylic ice rocks into each of the tubes.
Does your child have a favorite counting activity?
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