How can I help my little one learn to count?
It is very common for parents to want to help their little ones learn numbers and counting but they are not always sure how. If this is the case for you, this article is here to help.
You can create endless opportunities for your little one to learn numbers at home. Some examples include:
- Add counting into your daily routines with your little one. Point out and count your houseplants, pictures, kitchen utensils, etc. For example, if you are picking up toys with your little one or going up the stairs, take the opportunity to count the toys, steps or any items you choose.
- Count for your little one and then ask him to count without your help. Make up a game in which you and your little one have to count something. Once you have demonstrated, ask your little one to count without you.
- Take advantage of every time your little one spontaneously wants to count his fingers, legs, ears, etc. and help him practice.
- Make up or find a fun song for your little one to learn the numbers by singing.
- Invite your little one to draw pictures of numbers with you and put them around the house. Each time you pass them, practice saying each number.
- Read books about numbers and counting to your little one.
- Play clapping games where you clap a certain number of times and ask your little one how many times you clapped or ask your little one to clap a certain number of times.
- Do the Afini Counting and Number Activities frequently and repeat them several times.
Remember to consult your pediatrician if you have additional questions about your child’s development.