Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

This beautiful illustrated book invites children to look closely to find all the ways the illustrator has integrated number into the drawings. The first page is zero—an empty winter landscape—and nothing to count. The next page is 1—one tree, one bird, one house. The next page is 2—two buildings, two…

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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

This fun book and song can be used to teach pattern, counting backwards, knowing one less, and understanding cardinality. For pattern, you can draw kids attention to the lines of the song that repeat each time and see if they know what changes—there is one less monkey jumping (rather than…

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Jump to 10

Jump to 10

Jump to 10 describes a game that you can make with chalk on the sidewalk or with tape on the floor. Games like this are fun and great for practicing numbers, counting, and early addition and subtraction. While playing you can ask questions like, “How many more do you need…

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Frog Jump

Frog Jump explains how to play the game Jumping on the Lily Pads. Board games help children practice important number concepts like counting (or just knowing) how many dots on the die, counting one space at a time, and visualizing the number line. Frog Jump minibook

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Roll Two

Roll Two

Roll Two explains the two-dice version of the Two Numbers game. Children roll two dice and can either turn over the cards that match the numbers they rolled or add the two numbers together and turn over the card that matches the sum. You can print out the cards and start playing…

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Roll One

Roll One

Roll One explains a beginning version of the Two Numbers game. You can print out the cards and start playing this game at home with a 6-sided die. In this version of the game, you turn over the card that matches the number you roll. Children are practicing subitizing (knowing how many…

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One More, One Less

The book One More, One Less plays with children’s love of their special number—their age. Each page either shows one more, one less, or the correct number of fingers for the child’s age. They are written for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Practicing one more and one less helps children move back and forth in the counting sequence and helps them develop a visual picture of number.

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How Many Are Hiding?

How Many Are Hiding?

How Many Are Hiding? explains a fun game you can play anytime with any objects, fingers, or people you have available. This game also helps children construct a deeper understanding of number. They practice counting how many in the whole group, then they hide a portion (or sometimes all or…

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How Old Are You?

How Old Are You? 3

Children love talking about their age, it’s their special number. The How Old Are You? books are specific to 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Each page shows a different way to make that number with your fingers. For example, you can make 5 on two hands with 1 finger plus 4 fingers, 2 fingers plus 3 fingers, or 5 fingers plus no fingers. This fun game helps children visualize numbers and understand that larger numbers can be broken into groups of smaller numbers.

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Can You Find?

Can You Find?

The Can You Find? mini-book complements the Dot Card games. In this book, children practice counting or subitizing (knowing how many immediately) the dots on the cards to find the one they are looking for. The dots are arranged in different configurations to give children practice seeing quantities in different…

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Quack and Count by Keith Baker

Quack and Count

The seven ducklings in the books split into all the whole number combinations that make seven. First children count all seven ducks, then the ducks slide, hide, chase, splash, and quack in the combinations 6 + 1; 5 + 2; 4 + 3; 3 + 4; 2 + 5; 1…

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Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Elhert

Fidh Eyes

This counting book is a pleasure to read aloud with beautiful, vivid illustrations. The narrator imagines she has turned into fish and to “flip down rivers and splash in the sea.” One each page, children can count the fish 1 to 10. The little narrator fish includes a simple addition…

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Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes

Seashells on the Seashore

Children walk along the beach gathering up seashells one by one and adding them to the collection that gathers on one side of the page. After reading the book to the whole class, have book discussions in small groups. Turn to a page and ask children how many shells the…

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This popular book is great for talking to children about ‘how many in all’ (cardinality) and comparing numbers. After you have read the book to the whole group, have book discussions in small groups. Ask the children questions such as “How many apples did he eat through? Pears? Plums? Strawberries?”…

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Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Count

In this thrilling picture book a snake gathers up ten mice, counting them one-by-one, as he pops them into a jar to eat later. But, the mice outsmart him and free themselves counting back ten, nine, eight,… This book is great for practicing the counting sequence, talking about 4 mice…

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Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

Ten Black Dots

Classic counting picture book: one black dot makes a sun, 2 black dots the eyes of a fox, and three black dots a snowman, etc. As you read, have the group count the dots on the page together. This book is a great compliment to the dot card games where…

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Dot card game

Dot Cards Game

Dot cards can be used in so many different ways to help children practice reciting number words in the correct order, counting with one-to-one correspondence, cardinality, subitizing, and written numerals. Children can place tokens on the dots to count the them one-by-one. Teachers can put out a few cards and…

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Two Numbers

Two numbers game

Games that build fluency with numbers are important in the early years. One such game is Two Numbers, in which children learn to recognize written numerals, place them in the correct order, and practice addition skills. To play, children roll dot cubes and identify the number they rolled. They then…

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How Many Are Hiding?

  “How many do we have? Close your eyes, I’m going to hide some. Open you eyes! How many are hiding?” You can play this game in many different ways, with many different objects (fingers, pennies, stuffed animals, toys, and even with people). You can hide things with your hand,…

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Jumping on the Lily pads

Lily pads

Games like Jumping on the Lily Pads help children develop a mental number line. In this game, children take turns rolling a dot cube and moving a “frog” along the game board. The goal is to be the first whose frog reaches its lily pad. There is advanced mathematics hiding within this game,…

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