Ok I admit it. I was very nervous about teaching Caleb how to count objects. There – I said it. Now don’t get me wrong, I love teaching my kids but there is always that feeling at the pit of my stomach that maybe I won’t do a good job at teaching my kids. Besides, it has been a while since I taught Jael how to count. Caleb loves sorting anything by color and he also loves the new set of counters I bought recently so I decided to put on my big girl panties and teach my son how to count. I created a set of colorful fruit counting cards on a ring for him to begin the counting process.
Now, learning to count is not an overnight skill. I know that he will have to slow down when counting and not simply say numbers by rote. He will also have to work on his one to one correspondence and assign each object a value. With this in mind, I told myself to start with the numbers 1 to 3 and go from there.
What You Need For These Colorful Fruit Cards On A Ring
Now that you know what’s involved in teaching your child to count, it’s time to get started. Please note that affiliate links are used below for your convenience
ACCO Loose Leaf Binder Rings, 1 Inch Capacity, Silver, 100/Box (72202)Learning Resources Transparent Color Counting Chips, Set of 250HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant InkNeenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets (40311)
- Fruit Counting Cards (at the end of this post)
First, print the cards on card stock. I highly recommend using card stock as opposed to regular printing paper as this activity is designed for multiple usages. Then cut the cards out. If you want to shorten prep time, I recommend using a paper trimmer instead of a pair of scissors.
Second, use a hole punch and punch a hole in the cards and insert the binder ring. The hole punch I use is a heavy duty hole punch as Mark is knee deep in finishing up his dissertation. I am sure that a regular one works too, but I love stacking all the papers and simply pushing down.
How To Use The Fruit Counting Cards
Now that everything is assembled, its time to play.
- Pick any card on the ring and show your child the number on the bottom right corner.
- Next slowly count each circle and placing a counter on each. Emphasize each number when you touch each circle.
- When you have finished counting, exclaim how many circles there are.