We have recently gotten to the point where Keegan is confident in counting out loud, so I really wanted to start focusing on number recognition to give him a face to the name.. (is that the saying?! Lol) He gets frustrated or loses interest when he has to count those little dots, etc, so I’ve been trying to come up with a bunch of activities to help us along in the process.
We have had this Melissa and Doug puzzle since he was two, but at that age, it lost his interest quite quickly since it is a bit more difficult. We have started breaking it out again and I know it is helping! Puzzles and books- Keegan’s favorite way to learn!
I also took a chance at this book and we love it! It has numbers on each page, lots of options to count and .. trucks/construction for Keegan, win-win! This Little Quack book is very simple and is one that we’ve been reading for a long time. The counting only goes up to five, then counts backwards to one, so it’s not too overwhelming. Keegan also received these Dr. Seuss number flash cards this past Easter, and although they aren’t his favorite activity, the characters keep his interest long enough to do a little learning.
How can I forget these counting bugs? In school we used to have small bears that were similar to these and I was obsessed! The bugs turned out to be a big hit with Keegan as well, because they aren't just limited to counting- they can be used for any type of play!
There has also been an extreme mixture of rainy days and way too hot days this summer so we’ve been seeing a lot of our felt board! I have a few counting-out-loud activities for it and quickly threw together some rinky-dink number blocks to help with recognition.. The lady bug is really a hit! Here's a couple ideas and you can find some other counting/fun felt board activities here.
-For the birthday cake, we always decide how many candles we're going to put up, count them and then sing the Happy Birthday song, which is good repetition for his speech.
-Here's the number blocks I threw together with felt scraps. :) First we put them all up and count them then I will leave a few on the board and ask him to point to a given number.
-And the lady bug, which has 20 spots. We can put on or take off however many we want to but we must always count the spots as we go!
What were some of your tricks for number recognition? Keegan is always observing and always absorbing even when I think he isn’t so I don’t like to dwell on how much or how little we worked on each day, but I always would love some ideas as to what has helped others!
Have a great day!