Practicing counting with your preschooler can be simple and fun.

Practicing counting is rather simple to incorporate in your daily activities with your child. Taking a trip to the grocery store? Have your little one count the apples as you place them in the bag. Folding the laundry? Have your little helper count the socks to determine if there are more white pairs of socks than black!

The basic foundation of math is understanding numbers and quantities. One of the best ways to develop these understandings, or number sense, is through handling objects and counting them.

We can listen to preschoolers recite numbers in order, but we want them to apply that to counting objects and understand that those numbers represent quantities of items. Games and activities encourage preschoolers to “play” with numbers and quantities and build math skills and number sense in natural ways. These ideas can help you build math and counting skills with preschoolers.

Magnetic Counting Fish Game:


· Cardboard

· Scissors

· Magnet Disks

· Glue

· Yarn

· Wooden Dowel or Stick


1. Have your child make a nice painting,

2. Cut out 5 or 10 fish

3. Assist your child with numbering each fish

4. Glue a magnet to the back of each fish

5. Cut a piece of cardboard fishing hook and glue a magnet on to the end of the hook

6. Attach your magnet hook to a wooden dowel fishing rod with yarn

7. Use your new fish and fishing rod to see how many fish you can catch or to play another kind of fishing game

Melisa & Doug have a fun Catch & Count Magnetic Fishing Game

Little Investigators Preschool

1195 West 11th Street

Tracy, CA 95376

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