Learning to count can be fun when you and your child participate in learn-to-count crafts. Assisting your child in counting while enjoying various crafts together is a great way to learn and have fun. With so many children's crafts available, you and your child can do fun activities together while learning new skills.
Counting beads by colour or size is a fun activity that girls and boys enjoy doing with their parents. Available in various counts in plastic bins or boxes, counting beads come in several sizes for small hands. You can string the beads by amount or colour to make counting easier. Starting small avoids frustration, so a good beginning is to alternate just two colours and have the child count only the blue or red ones, for example.
Using children's easy needlepoint is another way to do a fun craft activity while learning number and counting skills. Children's needlepoint kits have large holes, blunt needles, and are colour coded to assist with forming the pattern. Assisting your child to thread the needle also helps with the development of fine motor skills, as does pushing the thread through the holes. You can also use cross stitch kits to teach number skills. Once your child completes the pattern, you and your child can put the needlepoint in a frame or glue it to a piece of cardboard for display.
Building and Counting
Building and counting are fun activities for preschool boys and girls. You can use building blocks, cardboard boxes, and gift boxes to build and count. Colouring numbers on the blocks, or using water paints is a great way to encourage fine motor skills while counting numbers. If you are feeling bold, bring out the finger paints and let the child do handprints on the boxes representing numbers. Four handprints equal the numbers 1 through 4, for example.
Children love to paint and get messy, and painting numbers with number stencils onto paper or cardboard is a great way to combine both activities. With a paintbrush and non-toxic paints, your child can paint numbers in different colours; red for the number 1, blue for the number 2, for example. This reinforces colour recognition while counting numbers. Hanging the art on the refrigerator or a bulletin board reinforces the numbers. Children's stencils with animals, flowers, or other decorative items work for counting the number of giraffes on the stencil or the flowers in the pattern.
Numbers that cling and self-adhesive numbers are fun for working with numbers. Cling numbers adhere to almost any hard, smooth surface and you can easily remove them. You can place self-adhesive numbers on paper or cardboard to practise numbering. Place numbers on paper plates and have the child place the correct number of beads, toys, or food items on the plate.