Hands-On Counting Activities for Early Childhood
Provide your youngsters with plenty of counting practice using these creative ideas featured on Rockabye Butterfly! Two of the activities even involve fine motor skills - two essential skills combined into one great activity.
Place a different number of sorting bears into individual baggies and label each bag with a letter (anywhere from 6-10 bags for the activity).
Next, create a worksheet for your kiddos with a question asking how many bears are in each bag.
Have your kiddos work through the worksheet by finding the correct bag, counting the number of bears and recording their answers on the sheet (if you plan on reusing the worksheet, just change the number of bears in each bag before the next practice round). And, if you're looking for the super cute bear counters, you can find a similar set here!
Provide a set of pipe cleaners and a small assortment of beads. On the top of each pipe cleaner attach a piece of tape with a number written on both sides.
Students are then tasked with threading the correct number of beads onto each pipe cleaner.
This activity is wonderful for providing fine motor skills practice! It could also be modified into a sorting activity by placing different color tape onto each pipe cleaner and having your kiddos thread beads by color rather than number.
Create lego counting cards, writing a number at the bottom of each column. Then have your students stack together the correct number of legos. For younger students put the number in order (smallest to largest). For older students try placing the numbers in random order.