My preschooler is learning to count. It’s been a slow process, becuase she shows just about zero interest in learning anything until she does. Then suddenly, she wants to know everything. Right now, she wants to learn counting, so we’re doing a lot of counting at our house. I always try to look for hands-on activities to teach counting, becuase my kids are usually worksheet-averse. I created this penguin counting activity using the dress-up penguins I made earlier this year.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE PENGUIN COUNTING ACTIVITY
- Dress-up penguins (or you can use any penguin and hat combo you have on hand)
- Felt or foam letters
- Play tray
This activity was inspired by the book Caps for Sale. My preschooler loves that book (it’s one of my favorites, too!), and she was obsessed with stacking a lot of hats on her head for a while. I didn’t think about using the dress up penguins I made for teaching purposes, but when I saw we had exactly five hats, I figured it was destiny.
This activity is super simple. I simply gave Bo a number, then had her place that many hats on the penguin’s head. She loved stacking multiple hats on top of the penguin. I’m trying to teach her counting and number recognition at the same time, and this activity is the perfect way to blend the two activities.
You can also use other items to represent hats if you don’t want to make felt hats. Almost anything will work, including bingo counters, small toys, pom poms, or pieces of cloth.
After Bo masters counting from 1-5, I’ll make more hats so we can count to 10, and then 20.
We both had a blast with this simple penguin counting activity!