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Day 8: Daily Learning Activity – Counting

Continuing with our 2010 goal to provide you with 365 days of learning activities from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for, here is the post for Day 8…

Remember, these are learning activities that should only be done if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn.

~~ Identify Numbers & Learn to Count from 1-10 ~~

DEMONSTRATE COUNTING during the course of your day.  It will show your child why knowing how to count is important. For example:

  • Count objects with your child as you put away toys and games.
  • Count the towels as you put them in the washing machine.
  • Count silverware as you set the table.
  • Count game pieces to ensure that you have everything for the next time you want to play.
  • Count coins and change.


Children’s rhymes are great devices to help children remember how to count:

One, two, buckle my shoe,
Three, four, shut the door,
Five, six, pick-up sticks,
Seven, eight, lay them straight,
Nine, ten, start over again.

Have fun with your child by a taking turns counting. Start with the number 1, then have your child say 2, you would then say 3 and your child would say 4. Continue counting like this until you get to 10.

Help your child if they get stuck by saying the next number. They can repeat it after you if they want to. Start the game again and let your child take the lead by starting with 1 and then you would say 2 – continue to 10.

Add some fun to a daily walk by counting your steps. Take two steps and say, “One, two.” Pause, and let your child take two steps to catch up to you and count aloud, “Three, four.” Then, take two more steps and count, “Five, six.” Continue to 10 and start over again. Take turns leading this activity.

For more about teaching the concept of counting visit: 

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