MC1: Beanbag Counting

“Bean Bag Counting” teaches your child how to count to 5 by associating numbers with beanbags. Children should be comfortable counting to 5 beanbags without the aid of a parent before moving on.

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MC2: Around the Room

“Around the Room” gives children more counting practice. Instead of counting lined up objects on a table, children count pictures on a wall, which builds more abstract thinking.

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MC3: Hide and Seek

“Hide and Seek” teaches your child cardinality – the idea that the last number they counted when numbering a group of objects is the same as the number of objects. This provides more counting practice and builds the foundation for addition and subtraction.

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MC4: Air Writing

“Air Writing” helps your child recognize numerals. By connecting a number of images with an abstract numeral, children will build their first real understanding of math’s alphabet.

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MC5: Number Matching

“Matching” develops fundamental grouping and numeral recognition skills as your child connects numerals with groups of objects.

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MC6: Number Slap

“Number Slap” gives children more practice with recognizing numerals. Children should be comfortable recognizing numbers up to 7 before moving on.

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MC7: Plus One

“Plus One” helps children understand that adding one more object results in the next number on the number line. Ultimately, children will be able to count by ones, twos, and threes, which leads into basic addition.

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MC8: Egyptian Card Slap

“Egyptian Card Slap” quickens your child’s ability to recognize small numbers of objects. This develops grouping capabilities that allow children to quickly assess how many objects they are dealing with (e.g., instantly recognizing the number of dots on dice, oranges in a carton, etc.)

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MC9: Phone Dialing

“Phone Dialing” gives children additional numeral recognition practice. At the same time, it teaches children a very valuable life skill: how to use a phone.

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MC10: Counting Cups

“Counting Cups” connects cardinality – the idea that the last number counted is the number of objects – with recognizing numerals. It also gives your child hands-on practice in grouping small objects.

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MC11: Number Board – Beginner

The “Number Board” lays the foundation for addition and subtraction. Understanding where a number falls on the number line helps your child understand the sequence of numbers as well as the distance between them (subtraction).

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MC12: Number Concentration

“Number Concentration” practices counting, recognizing numerals, and builds memory retention. It is the math version of the classic card game, “Concentration.”

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MC13: Musical Stars – Beginner

“Musical Stars” practices recognizing numerals from 1 to 10.

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1. Overview

Learning to count is a necessary prerequisite to building a strong understanding of any math concept. Counting and recognizing numerals can and should be taught at a young age. These skills build a child’s mental capacity, enabling them to think analytically. Games and activities are an interactive and fun way to give your child the necessary repetition and practice to master the material.

Here are a series of games to teach counting and numeral recognition. They are easy to set up, simple, and short. Repeat the games regularly and frequently to help your child master the material.

The games in this section begin with learning how to count from 1 to 5 and progresses to recognizing numerals from 1 to 10. Several skills such as increased memory retention, subitizing, one-to-one correspondence, and grouping will be introduced in this section.

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2. Prerequisites

These counting activities can be done with two-year-old toddlers; however, the later activities in this section are designed for three to four-year-olds. If your child is two years old, spend several months practicing the first few exercises before trying some of the later ones.

If your child has trouble completing these activities, do not be concerned. Simply wait a few months and try again!

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3. Counting 1 – 10 Activities

  • MC1: Beanbag Counting – Teaches your child how to count to 5 by associating numbers with beanbags. Children should be comfortable counting to 5 beanbags without the aid of a parent before moving on.
  • MC2: Around the Room – Gives children more counting practice. Instead of counting lined up objects on a table, children count pictures on a wall, which builds more abstract thinking.
  • MC3: Hide and Seek – Teaches your child cardinality – the idea that the last number they counted when numbering a group of objects is the same as the number of objects. This provides more counting practice and builds the foundation for addition and subtraction.
  • MC4: Air Writing – Helps your child recognize numerals. By connecting a number of images with an abstract numeral, children will build their first real understanding of math’s alphabet.
  • MC5: Number Matching – Develops fundamental grouping and numeral recognition skills as your child connects numerals with groups of objects.
  • MC6: Number Slap – Gives children more practice with recognizing numerals. Children should be comfortable recognizing numbers up to 7 before moving on.
  • MC7: Plus One – Helps children understand that adding one more object results in the next number on the number line. Ultimately, children will be able to count by ones, twos, and threes, which leads into basic addition.
  • MC8: Egyptian Card Slap – Quickens your child’s ability to recognize small numbers of objects. This develops grouping capabilities that allow children to quickly assess how many objects they are dealing with (e.g., instantly recognizing the number of dots on dice, oranges in a carton, etc.)
  • MC9: Phone Dialing – Gives children additional numeral recognition practice. At the same time, it teaches children a very valuable life skill: how to use a phone.
  • MC10: Counting Cups – Connects cardinality – the idea that the last number counted is the number of objects – with recognizing numerals. It also gives your child hands-on practice in grouping small objects.
  • MC11: Number Board – Beginner – Lays the foundation for addition and subtraction. Understanding where a number falls on the number line helps your child understand the sequence of numbers as well as the distance between them (subtraction).
  • MC12: Number Concentration – Practices counting, recognizing numerals, and builds memory retention. It is the math version of the classic card game, “Concentration.”
  • MC13: Musical Stars – Beginner – Practices recognizing numerals from 1 to 10.

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