More Counting Books – and activities to go with them

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We are still into counting books these days. Here are a few more books (and activity ideas) I thought were fun…. the links are to amazon affiliate links, meaning in the event anyone through them Amazon pays me the tiniest share of the purchase, but these books are ones you can probably find at your local library, so check them out there.

more counting books

Math Fables: Lessons That Count by Greg Tang includes ten short stories. Each story is based around a number of animals, from one spider to ten beavers. In each story the animals form groups over and over, exploring all the different ways they can be separated into two groups. For example, 6 otters form groups of 2 and 4, 5 and 1, and then 3 and 3. The stories get longer and longer as larger numbers can be broken down in more ways. The stories are all feel-good little stories with morals. The stories are perfect for re-enacting with little toys (or paper animals) separating and grouping them over and over, preferably using funny voices to make the animals talk.

20 Hungry Piggies: A Number Book by Trudy Harris starts with the familiar nursery rhyme altered to use ordinal numbers. (“First little piggy goes to market…”) The story continues beyond five piggies up to twenty, with a little adventure where the hungry wolf wants to eat all 20 piggies. (Don’t worry, they make it safe and sound.) Since the numbers go up to twenty, and it is based on a familiar toe-counting rhyme, it makes sense to turn a child’s fingers and toes all into piggies in playing with this story.

George’s Store at the Shore by Francine Bassede. George is a rather sleepy looking duck. Mary is his friend the cat. Together they are setting up a little beach stand. They start setting up with an item they have one of (an umbrella) and continue settling up larger groups of items until they finish with ten lollipops. The last page shows the store later in the day when some things are sold. Each two-page spread focuses on one number, but whatever object is being counted is shown on each of the two pages, once with George and once with Mary. If a child gets confused by why they see four fishing nets on a page that says two, just cover one page with a sheet of paper and count the items separately. Then challenge your kids to set up a little store in their bedroom with one of one type of object, two of the next type, etc, etc.  This can be an intro to triangular numbers if you challenge your kids quickly to tell how many objects there are in total.


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