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Apples and Counting

Counting is an activity that we do with kids from the time they are babies, and eventually, they start to count on their own. First, they learn the words for numbers in whatever language is used at home and use whatever numbers they happen to remember. Gradually, they use more numbers in the right order. As they repeat counting activities over and over, they figure out that 1 number goes with 1 thing. This helps develop their number sense.

counting apples fun and learningWhen picking apples, there was a nice spot with 3 apples in a row. We started with those 3 and counted some more while we picked. There were so many that we soon lost count! Good thing we didn’t lose any apples.

Are there some apples in the fruit bowl or fridge at home? Your child can count those. Depending on their age and development, kids will count more or less accurately. If needed, you can help your child by touching each apple and saying the appropriate number but don’t panic if the numbers are mixed up. Lots of practice in a great variety of situations is needed to get the words and number of objects coordinated. Years and years of it.

We sang a song too to help with counting:

1 little, 2 little, 3 little apples, 4 little, 5 little, 6 little apples.
7 little, 8 little, 9 little apples, 10 little apples for us.

When picking, sometimes I would say a number (usually a 2 or 3) and ask the kids if they could pick that many. You can say a number and ask your child to put that many apples in a basket. For older kids or ones who love numbers, you can use apples to tell some math stories, such as: If you have 3 apples in your basket and I give you 2 more, now how many apples do you have. Kids can make up and tell their own stories.

Here’s a fun video of the story Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.
If you have 1 red apple for snack, and eat it, how many are left?

Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Math

Have you heard or read that some doctors are writing prescriptions for kids with the orders: Go Outside and Play? There is so much that kids can do outside, especially in summer. This is a series of posts on different ways of having fun outside for kids that supports early learning and later kindergarten readiness.Continue Reading

Home is Where Math Fun and Learning Starts

Will you be celebrating Pi day? No, I didn’t forget the p in pie, but spelled Pi, the Greek letter for finding the distance around a circle. This is a humorous, silly day to remind all of us that math isn’t dull or scary, but can be fun. Did you know that right at homeContinue Reading

Lego and Duplo Can Help Kids With Math

With tomorrow being Pi day (March 14 is like pi, that is 3.14 the magic number for circles), it seems appropriate to blog about how Lego and Duplo can help young children with early math and kindergarten readiness skills. Lego and Duplo are made of mostly squares and rectangles, but there are some wheels. LearningContinue Reading

Nutcrackers Help With Fun, Learning & Kindergarten Readiness

One of the favorite Christmas decorations at our house is a nutcracker matryoshka or nesting toy. These 5 wooden dolls help little ones with fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness. Toys like this help kids with the math skills of sequencing and sizes. (When Little Sister is playing with them, we put the smallest one onContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness, Google Doodle, and Math Fun

Today’s Google doodle is Shakuntala Devi, a woman who was known as The Human Computer. An author and speaker, she had a wonderful message for parents and caregivers about children’s early learning and math. Devi wrote several books, including one called Mathability, Awaken The Math Genius In Your Child. She felt very much that mathabilityContinue Reading

Playground Fun, Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness #6

As children play on the playground, there are many opportunities for different fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness, including some basic math ideas. Math is not something separate from everyday, and if children are used to math being part of whatever they are doing, they will feel more comfortable and confident with it later on. OneContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Picking Dandelions Math Fun

A play-of-the-day came with the unplanned spring activity of picking dandelions but it had some powerful learning and simple fun. When my 4 year-old helper came with me to a friend’s house, we had some tea at the table and noticed a package of bubble-tea straws, the really big ones.Four colors of straws came homeContinue Reading

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