So what do you do at a counting party? You can:
- sing songs about counting
- The Ants Go Marching One by One (be sure to march around the house while you sing)
- 99 Bottles of Pop on the Wall
- Roll Over (There Were Ten in the Bed)
- write out the numbers 1 to 10 on a big piece of poster board and let the kids color in the numbers
- count things like stuffed animals or toy cars
- read books that mention counting or numbers, such as
- Ten Little Puppies by Marian Harris
- 1 is One by Tasha Tudor
- The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey (the puppies count themselves)
- Baby's First 1-2-3 Book by Amy Barton
- recite the nursery rhymes "One Two, Buckle My Shoe..." and "Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed..."
- for older kids, play games involving counting and numbers, such as Hide-and-Seek or Hopscotch
Our counting party only lasted about an hour but we had a lot of fun. Doing something out of the ordinary such as having a party makes learning exciting. Let your imagination run wild and you too can create a fun learning atmosphere for your child!
How do you teach your kids to count?