Now that my two-year-olds have pretty much mastered their alphabet I decided it would be nice to move on to learning numbers and counting. While playing with pom poms and pots and pans we discovered a simple and fun counting activity that is great for toddlers!
Counting Pom Poms
I placed all of the pom poms that we own into a large bin with a few play pots and pans. These are both materials that they play with often, but they had never played with the two in combination before. They spent a good while squishing the pom poms into pans and pouring them into another.
After they played for a bit I added in some wooden numbers that I pulled from their Melissa and Doug Wooden Number Puzzle. I asked them, “where’s the number one?” and so on. They haven’t had much practice with numbers so I had to correct them and help them find the correct number many times.
Once they found the correct number I asked them to put it into a pot. We then started adding pom poms in and counting up to the number in the pot. This got tricky because of course, being two, they wanted to just throw all of the pom poms in. That’s okay! We are just practicing numbers and counting, it didn’t need to be perfect. When they did that I would say things like, “Uh oh! That’s too many!” and we would remove pom poms until we got the correct amount.
I left the bin out all day and I discovered Baby Bear getting creative. She figured out that the smaller pom poms would stick to the bigger ones. She sat there for a good twenty minutes trying to get the pom poms to stick in different ways. I love seeing them find new ways to play!
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