Build your child's mathematical foundations while having fun singing and counting with them
You will need
You’ll need 8 items (preferably similar to each other) and images of the items printed out on an A4 piece of paper.
What to do
This is a great activity that’s so simple. You don’t have to use ducks. Lego, balls, pom poms, etc can also work. It’s just nice to use ‘ducks’ because you can use the kid’s favourite, ‘Five Little Ducks’ so that the song, items and vocabulary all correspond. You can sing the song, count to five twice - doing so slowly, and then do the activity. To present it: lay out a line of five items next to each other and a line of three items. Slowly count the items and point to them whilst doing so.
- Mathematical foundation building through association of names with objects
- Mathematical foundation building, learning there is a sequence to names
- Enriched mathematics vocabulary and language skills
- Gross motor development when touching and handling the items
Discuss with your child
- What is that?
- It’s a duck; there are three.
- Which line is longer?
- Look five! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
- Oh and here? 1, 2, 3!
‘Five Little Ducks’ from Super Simple Songs on YouTube: