Child To Count
Before your child starts school, or if you're homeschooling,
you can begin to teach your child numbers and
how to count, without the aid of a puppet on television.
Here are five great ways to get started:
1. The first way to teach counting to children is with
fingers and toes. We have ten fingers and ten toes. What a
perfect way to count the basic numbers! Start with the left
hand thumb and count all the way over to the right hand thumb.
Wiggle each of your child’s fingers as you call out a number.
You can make up a number song involving these body parts to
help them remember the numbers.
2. Use numbered cards for counting. You can buy flash cards
or create your own using poster board and markers. Construct
each number as it will appear anywhere else in your child’s
surroundings. Leave the fancy stuff for when they reach school.
Show the numbers in order so your child again becomes familiar
with their order when counting.
3. Snacks can teach counting. As you hand your child their
snack, count the pieces of cereal or fruit on a paper towel.
Take your child’s hand and show them how to count back to
4. Now that your child is old enough to walk, use that to
play a game of counting. Play a game of “Simon Says” using
numbers. For example, “Simon says, jump three times.” Your
child will have to jump up and down three times. Count with
each jump. For more fun, you can jump with them. Make it a
family game and have everyone participate in play as well.
5. With your help, teach your child about counting by
writing their numbers. You will need lots of room so get
several sheets of poster board and some crayons. To avoid
messes on your floor, you can use the Crayola® markers that
only write on special paper, called Color Wonder. Guide their hand and draw
each number from one to ten. As they draw, say the name of
After a couple of months of practice, they may be able to
write the numbers when you ask. If not, keep working with them.
This is not a race and kids shouldn’t feel pressured. Each of
us learns at our own pace. The name of the game is teaching
them a new skill and that they have fun while they learn.
Once they learn their numbers, why not take them out to a
children’s museum or some other place where they can put their
hands on play objects. Group the toys together. See if your
child can count the number of items in each group. Help them to
count if they need it.
Most kids first learn to count on their
fingers, the calculator that goes with you wherever you go.
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