We’re continuing our work with counting, and today we’re using more fun stuff I found in the Target $1 bins! Felt and stickers! What’s not to love?
I guided my toddler through this activity, but this would make a great busy bag for kids who are more independent with early counting.
For this activity, I used felt eggs. If you don’t have felt eggs, just cut some egg shapes out of construction paper.
There were 8 felt eggs in the pack, so I numbered them 1-8 with the stickers.
Then I showed Pooky how to place the correct number of stickers on each egg to correspond with its number.
We counted together repeatedly as we went along.
It was hard for Pooky to stay focused on this, so we only made it to number 6 the first time we played with them.
Here are some ways we “played” with these eggs when we later revisited them.
- We stacked them like a deck of cards, she drew one from the pile and said the number aloud .
- I would count some of the stickers on each egg and then pause and let her say what number came next.
- We also practiced mixing the eggs up and then putting them back in numerical order.
Variations on this activity:
- Instead of stickers, you could use other objects (buttons, mini erasers, pom-poms, etc…)
- The child could mirror you (or an older child) by creating his/her own set following your example as you create yours. (You would need a duplicate set of supplies.)
- They could be used to practice counting backward.
- Both sides of the eggs could be used in order to count higher.
- You could use two eggs at a time to create two-digit numbers. (For example for the number 13, one egg would need 10 stickers and the other would need 3.)
- Reverse it by having the child put the correct number sticker on top after counting how many stickers/items were already placed on each individual egg.
It’s neat to see how excited kids get about simple activities like this that allow them a chance to practice their counting skills in novel ways.
You might also like to try Counting with Easter Eggs.