Ordering objects helps children understand that numbers have a specific order and that each number is “one more.” Give your child some everyday items to arrange in size from smallest to largest. Try stuffed animals, books, or blocks. You can also introduce the concept of length too, and let your child arrange objects, such as pieces of yarn or pencils, in order from shortest to longest!
Giving children tasks of their own to complete gives them a sense of responsibility and a sense that they are skilled and trusted. Here is a fun activity for your child to contribute around the house! Using a small plastic measuring cup or watering can, help her fill the container about half full with water. Assign several plants for her to water within easy reach. Give her a paper towel to take along in case any water spills. Demonstrate the first time how much water per plant. Be flexible in your expectations:) As variations, show her how to measure 1 or 1/2 on the measuring cup. Have her count how many times she had to refill to water all the plants. Have her water the plants outside – spills matter less there;)
Counting requires children to know that a number represents a certain quantity.
Count with your child when you are filling something up…her water cup, her milk glass or even the bathtub if you want to count really high! See how high you count until you have enough. Ask her, “If we count just a few numbers, do we have a lot or a little?”
Here are some more advanced variations. Each night, chart the number you count to and write it on a piece of paper. Compare one night to another to see which number is the greatest. You can also point to a place on the glass or inside the bathtub and guess how high you will have to count to reach that point!
This Project Play activity is all about rhyming! So fun! This one you can do anywhere … at home, in the car, waiting at the doctor’s office, while grocery shopping … and your child will love it! You just simply point out an item and have him name it, such as “hand”, “seat”, or “cheese.” Ask him to tell you a word that sounds like or rhymes with that word; for “hand”, maybe “band, dand, sand.” Don’t worry about the words being actual words, that is not what we are striving for right now:) We just want him to have fun – this makes language development more exciting. Rhyming requires children to listen for similar sounds, a skill necessary for reading.