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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Pattern Bugs by Trudy Harris

This fun book emphasizes patterns through repeated words and sounds that are complemented by the repeating patterns in the illustrations and around the border of the pages.  There are many patterns that children can identify on each page. They range from patterns by color, by shape, by size, and by…

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Patterns

Patterns

A pattern repeats in a certain way like circle, square, circle, square, circle, square. Once you recognize a pattern, you can predict what comes next or find what is missing. The mini-book Patterns has repeating shape patterns, sound patterns, and even astronomic patterns like day, night, day, night. Have fun…

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Pattern Games

Patterns repeat in a regular way that helps you predict what comes next. Patterns are in song, dance, poetry, art, buildings, nature, and numbers. These materials provide some different ways that children can play with copying, extending, fixing, and creating patterns.

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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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Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Balancing Act

The mice from Mouse Count, Mouse Paint, and Mouse Shapes are at it again. Two mice are balancing on a teeter-totter made with a stick and a rock. Friends want to get into the balancing act too. As their friends join, they have to make sure both sides of the…

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A-B-A-B-A-A Book of Pattern Play by Brian P. Cleary

Book of Pattern Play

This book helps children understand what a pattern is with fun rhyming text and lots of visual illustrations: “It’s sort of an arrangement of colors, shapes, or things, in a way that is predictable as in the row of rings. See the colors? Green, red, gold then green, red, gold…

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Pattern (Math Counts) by Henry Pluckrose

Math Counts Pattern

A great book to get children thinking about the patterns they see in the world around them. Each page has a picture of a different pattern found in the world. You can use one or two pages a day and set the book out for children to explore on their…

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Pattern block puzzles

Pattern block puzzles

Creating designs out of pattern blocks—those multicolored trapezoids, hexagons, and triangles that are a mainstay in most preschool classrooms—is a great way for children to build geometric thinking. While playing Pattern Block Puzzles, children also explore rotations and reflections, thus building their spatial skills. Building with pattern blocks is all…

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