Monster Counting

My Nathan boy has been really working on counting lately.  He picked up on numbers and number order super easy.  But, when it came to actually slowing down to count items, he just lacked patience.  Say there was 5 apples in front of him, he would would start counting 1 apple, 2 apple and then say 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 all in one breath.  He just doesn’t slow down long enough to actually count them one at a time, all the way through the items.

We have really had a lot of fun practicing using our Lauri Numbers.  They are basically foam counting puzzles.  We separate the pieces and set the numbers out.  Then Nathan puts the pieces back and takes a hammer toy (from another one of our toys) and hammers them back in counting them as we go.

Then I have Nathan go count the pieces again and then ask him what number we need to find.  Then I point out the number on the Lauri Number Puzzle and then we go over and find the number piece and put the piece back in.  This way Nathan is working on visually recognizing the numbers as well.

 
 
 
I wanted Nathan to have another option to practice counting I decided to make some cute little counting cards.  I made two different sizes.  The larger ones I just printed and laminated.  The smaller ones I did the same, but put them on a ring.  That way they can easily be put in our car bag without getting all smashed, etc.
 
We’ve had a lot of fun with them.  I have actually been surprised with how many times Nathan has actually asked to play with them.
 
Generally, when we play with them he just uses his finger to point to each Monster and counts them out loud.  If he gets the number wrong, I just ask him to start over.  I also teach him to start in the top left corner and count left to right.  When he finishes counting the Monsters and he identifies how many Monsters there are I ask him to point to the number.  For example, “Good job, Nathan!  There ARE seven monsters.  Can you point to the number seven?”  I also have him trace the number with his finger.  I’ll take his hand and help him, if he doesn’t know how to trace is properly. He sometimes doesn’t like doing this, so if he doesn’t want to, then we just move on to the next card.
 
 

Because, this day we had both the Lauri Numbers and Monster Counting Cards I then asked him to find the matching numbers.

These are for personal use in your home or classroom.

Thanks to Goodness & Fun for the fun Silly Monster Artwork that I used on the Monster Counting cards!

Pam Dana

I am a wife and mom that is over the moon for family, traditions and fun! I love to share lots of printables, DIY's, kids activities and my families favorite recipes! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have 3 beautiful children and together they are my world!

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    Kristyb83

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    I love these flashcards. Great for little boys esp. I would love to be able to go up to 30!

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    katharine

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    i totally love these cards — we use them as flashcards as well as a memory game.  can you tell me what font you used.  i’d love to have a zero card.  thanks.  katharine

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    Sassy Scrubs.com

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    >Very cute! Thanks for sharing these cards – so colorful! I know the kiddos will love these.

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    Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com

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    >These monsters are so cute! How generous of you to share with everyone! Thanks for linking this up last week!

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    VICKI IN AZ

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    >thank you for sharing these cards. i will print them out for my grandson. xoxo

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    lovemyelement

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    >Thanks, these are darling. I teach preschool out of my home and I know the kids will love these!

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    emily @morefromthemoorefamily

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    >Thank you for sharing! These are great!

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    Carmen

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    >Thank you! I just printed off two sets for my grandbabies…they will love them!!! Carmen

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    Andee

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    >so cute pam!

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    Pam (Haslem) Dana

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    >Thanks Vicky! I just checked out your blog and commented! You have some adorable ideas! Thanks again!

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    Vicky

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    >Those came out great! Thanks for sharing! Seems like he loves to count and can I mention how adorable he looks in his tie?

    I am a new follower from the Link and Learn from No Time For Flash Cards. If you have a chance, stop by http://messforless.blogspot.com and follow me and say hi!

    Thanks!

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