This series of Toddler Homeschool posts share my journey of learning with my two toddler grand babies, who live with me. I homeschooled my own three children and it was an amazing experience. I started doing some learning activities with my 2.5 year old grand daughter and thought it would be useful to document our activities to give you some ideas. If you have any toddler learning activities to share, leave a comment or add your post to the linkup at the end. I linked to available products on Amazon (using my affiliate link) for your convenience.
Toddler Homeschool: Numbers And Counting
Goal: Number awareness and counting 1-10
My two year old grand daughter Loralye is showing interest in numbers and counting. I gathered up a few things I had on hand, plus I picked up a few more items at my local dollar store. I’ll go through each item and share how we use it. She wanted to help with the photos and was my designated “hand” model. 😍
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Numbers & Counting – These flash cards are from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse which Loralye (2.5) and Landen (16 months) love watching on TV.
The pack comes with two different sets of cards, with 36 in total. The first set has a number with one of the MMCH characters on one side of the card, and that same number of items on the other side.
The second set has the words for each number with one of the MMCH characters on one side of the card, and that same number of items on the other side.
How we use them: Right now we’re focusing on 1-5 number recognition so we are only using the cards with those numbers on them. I hold them each one up and say the number to her and most times she says it with me. Then I’ll go through it again and we’ll turn it over to count the items on the back. We do that whole sequence about 5-6 times.
Wooden balls as counters – A few years ago a fellow homeschool mom gave me a shoebox full of wooden shapes. I used some of them in craft projects with my kids but I still had a lot left over.
How we use them: I picked out five of the balls and we use them as counters. I store them in an orange container (we’re learning colors and she knows orange the best) and before we start she likes to shake them and listen to how it sounds.
Then, I dump them into the lid and we count 1-5 as I transfer them from the lid back into the container. I do that a couple of times and then she does it by herself a few times. When we first started doing this activity she would throw them and roll them off the table. It took a few times but now she does the counting exercise without playing with them.
Writing numbers (guided) – I bought a pack of 24 Disney Princess crayons to use specifically for our toddler homeschool. She has crayons that she uses for coloring but I wanted to special set just for homeschool. I chose 24 instead of a larger quantity just so it narrowed the color options and was easier to store.
How we use them: I bought a small spiral notebook and I guide her hand by holding mine over hers, and we write numbers 1-5. We do this twice and then she draws on one of the blank pages.
Cookie’s First Book Of Numbers – Loralye just started watching Sesame Street so this is a fun book for her as she gets to know the characters.
How we use it: The book goes from 1-10 with familiar characters such as Elmo, The Count and Oscar the Grouch. We read the book and I point out the numbers. We sometimes count the items but she prefers to just read instead of counting so that’s usually what we do.
Update to post:
New addition to our numbers and counting supplies –
After I published this post I bought a second set of counting flash cards from my local dollar store.
Fisher Price Little People: Counting 1-20 – This set features familiar animals, which is also a great tool for vocabulary and language.
This set goes from 1-20 and one of the features I like is on the other side, it groups colored dots together. This is a great way to start pre-addition when a child is ready for it.
How we use them: Right now we’re just counting the animals from 1-5. She also likes to point out the names of the animals as we go through them.
Toddler Homeschool Series
- Numbers and Counting
- Learning Colors
- Alphabet and Letters/Sounds
- Vocabulary and Language (coming soon)
- Learning Shapes (coming soon)
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