5 Activities to Develop Toddlers’ Counting Skills

November 1, 2019

My three year old has recently shown an interest numbers and counting, so I thought I’d do a little round up post of activity ideas to develop counting skills for toddlers. I hope you like them! Click the image for each idea to see more details for that activity.

1. Creepy Crawly Counting

I set up this counting activity with a Halloween theme in mind, but it could work at any time of year. I used a combination of magnetic numbers and plastic creepy crawlies mixed with red split lentils for a more sensory experience. M enjoyed picking a number and counting out the corresponding number of creepy crawlies.

2. Sticker Numbers

This number activity from Counting to Ten begins with a fun craft element using stickers to promote number recognition, before adding in glass nuggets to match the number of counters to the corresponding digit. There’s lots of mileage in this activity!

3. Peg Construction Counting

I initially set up this peg-based tuff spot as a construction activity, but M quickly turned it into a counting one. I challenged her to see how many pegs she could fit onto a lolly stick, then she counted them.

4. Marshmallow Counting

This sweetie-based activity by The Inspiration Edit provides a quick crafting activity before children are encouraged to count out marshmallows. Yum!

5. Spooky Peg Counting

I love the counting and fine motor development opportunities that my clothes peg bag provides! For this ghostly counting activity, I made some simple card ghosts, then M clipped on the corresponding number of pegs, counting to check her accuracy. Halloween may have passed but any numbered shape or character could be used.

So there you have it. Five fun activities to develop counting skills in toddlers. I hope you found it useful! If you enjoyed this, you can find more Pondering Playtime activities here, and you might like to join my Early Years craft and activity Facebook group; Play Craft, Explore. We’d love to have you! And lastly, don’t forget to Pin it!

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