Counting

Counting

Counting Stamps: I found this idea on Itty Bitty Love.  All you do is make a little book with a number on each page and then students stamp that number of stamps on each page.  Make sure to supply stamps that have only one object in them so it isn’t confusing.

Ways to practice counting to 100:

1. First of all if you look up “100s day” on the internet you will find tons of ideas, many of which I am posting here. The sales lady at the teacher store gave me that idea.

2. Pin in 100 sequins in a styrofoam ball and give as Christmas gifts.

3. String 100 Fruit Loops on a necklace. That also could be used as a gift.

4. Have your child count out 100 Legos and see what he can build.

5. Color number patterns on a 100s chart. Color all the numbers with 5 in them red and observe.

6. Play Pig. This is a Marilyn Burns activity.

7. Pick your child’s favorite cereal or snack and let him count out 100 pieces to eat. My child eats snack every day in kindergarten so this will be great!

8. Estimate how far 100 steps is on the sidewalk. Mark the spot and then walk 100 steps to check.

9. Count out 100 pieces of pasta when eating pasta for dinner.

10. Start collections of 100 things: rocks, pasta shapes, puff balls, beads, buttons, pennies, etc.

11. Work with 100 pieces of mosaic Legos.

12. Count out 100 marshmallows to make Rice Krispi Treats.

13. Count words in a short story. First highlight each word and then count them together. Make sure this has a really big font. Your child will also learn about spacing between words.

14. Make a turkey and add 100 feathers. You could write down what thankful for each day you do this.

15. Buy a 100 count crayon box and discuss the colors and how to use them.

16. Drop in 10 chocolate chips in each pancake and make 10.

17. Build with 100 Popsicle sticks and clay.

18. Build with 100 Tinker Toys.

19. Add on an over sized calculator and then count out that many beans or money to pay.

20. Count how many raisins are in a little box.

21. Trace your foot or hand and count how many candies fit in it. Do with an adult hand or foot too to see the difference.

22. Play “Circles and Stars”. This is another Marilyn Burns activity for multiplication, but for the young ones just stick to adding. (see multiplication for directions)

23. Read Draw Me a Star and draw stars for one minute and count them up.

24. Count 100 pennies on a 100s chart. Place one penny in each square as you count.

This is another quick and simple activity from  Developing Number Concepts: Book 1 that allows kids to work on their counting skills and number sense.

Depending on ability, write numerals up to 20 on cards and place them in a box or bag.  Students select a card and build a tower with that number of cubes.  He continues picking cards and building as time allows. He then places the numeral cards next to the corresponding tower.

Teach Mama has this easy and fun game to practice counting and 1:1 correspondence.

Roll a Tower Race Game: This is another activity from the book Developing Number Concepts Book 1, by Kathy Richardson.  We really liked this one person game.  Create a graph with 1-6 on the bottom of the graph. Provide a die and some cubes. The student rolls the die and builds a tower with the number of cubes that the die lands on. The student places the tower in the correct column. For example if a student rolls a 4 he builds a tower of 4 cubes and places it in the 4 column on the graph. He continues to play until one column reaches the finish line and wins.
This game is great for practicing counting and graphing.  The student could also transfer the results to a graph on paper.*Note to establish rolling rules such as if it rolls off the table does it count?
Number Match Game from No Time for Flashcards- I tried this simple activity with my three year old and he really liked it.  Just show your child the numeral and he finds the corresponding dot card.  I drew my dots in the same pattern on a die so that he will learn those dot patterns for later use.  I did our numbers and dots on the same colored paper to make it a little more challenging.

Developing Number Concepts, Book 1: Counting, Comparing, and Pattern This activity came from the mentioned book.  There are designs to copy using Unifix cubes and then your child counts how many cubes he used. If you can’t get the book, then you could do your own designs and then count the amount of cubes.

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