In this activity you will help and encourage your child to count a predetermined number of items and then continuing to count from that point. You can create a second activity by following similar steps in reverse and subtracting from a set number of items.

Follow these steps and be sure to encourage your child with as much positive feedback as possible.

Step | Your Child | You |

Place two items in your hand. Ask your child to
tell you how many are in our hand. |
"Two" |
"You got it right." |

Place two more items in your other
hand and ask your child how many are there altogether. |
"Four" |
Your child may start to count the first hand over again and then add on from the second hand. Allow them to do this, but then teach them how to add on - a very valuable skill. |

Close your first hand so that you can not see the
items and ask how many are in there. |
"Two" |
"You did it!" |

Now we start with two and add
on the other hand; two,
three four. |
||

You may want to even move your hand and role model
yourself. |
"Two, three, four." |
"Bravo!" |

Do this procedure many times over with different
amounts of items. |
||

Have your child test you...have your child be the
teacher....have fun. |
"I'm having fun." |
"Me too!" |

Start with a predetermined number of items and subtract from that amount. Follow similar steps to those above for the Counting On activity except do them in reverse.

The above counting activity was created by Diane Massie, a HelpingWithMath.com
contributor, and it is part of her* Handling Math** *program.

**First hand experiences brings mastery of a skill and concept. **

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