Divvy it Up: A Counting Game
You’ve probably been to a party where one of the appetizers was veggies and dip. We’re all busy, and to make life easier, grocery stores often sell these vegetables precut and washed, in a plastic tray. This tray is great for snacking. But it’s also the perfect tool for a little counting practice!
What You Need:
- Sectioned veggie tray, or any tray with multiple sections (and ideally a center section, too)
- 20 pennies, erasers, plastic rings, or other small items
- Small sticky notes, or scrap paper and tape
What You Do:
- Using a dozen or so Post Its, write a number on each. For a very small child, you can provide a “clue”, by drawing dots beside the number. With an older preschooler, write the number word, in addition to the symbol, for example, both “five” and “5”.
- Place a numbered post-it in each section of the veggie tray.
- Put the pennies, erasers, or other small item in the center section, where the dip would normally go. Ask your child to pick a “section” and identify the number. Next, tell her she’s going to find that number of items.
- Help her count each penny individually, speaking the number aloud, and then moving the coins as she goes into the section.
- Repeat with each of the sections, working on one number at a time. When your child has finished all the sections of the tray, you can reset it with new numbers, or keep practicing the same ones until she’s got them down pat.