Every kids has different learning method and move at different phase. All of my kids learn differently and at their own pace.
For Hannah, my 4-years old, it’s kind of quite tricky at first to teach her the number words.
She knows the word for number one, two and three. But yet to get the word four and five.
How She Eventually Learn Counting
As times goes by, we try to do counting using toys and things around us.
Sometimes she would play with some block cubes and little ponies; and started to divide the cubes between the ponies.
While at this, she begin to count and started to ask me how many are the cubes.
Later, I realized that kids really learn better through unstructured play. Well, I read about it many times, and this is one of my real life experience.
Tired of telling her the number words for number 5 and number 4 words repeatedly, suddenly I got an idea.
I told her to show up all of her fingers in one hand, and told her, that quantity of fingers are called five. That is the word for that quantity of number.
Aha! And suddenly she got it! The light bulb moment!
What’s an achievement for both of us!
Since then, I thought of trying to use many types of counting mat with Hannah.
Counting mats help her to recognize the numbers that come with the quantity of things, while at the same time it also helps a lot.
Turkey Counting Mats
So for today, I am thrilled to share with you our Turkey themed counting mats.
There are number 1 until number 10.
You don’t have to print all of them.
If your kids are practicing number 1-3, just give them the counting mats for number 1-3.
If they are counting number 4-6, then just pull out the respective counting mats.
How to Use Turkey Counting Mats
There are already adorable turkeys on the counting mats, with the numbers on it.
The way we use it, we put toys on the turkeys while counting the turkeys.
This is great for one-to-one correspondence, as I always observe Hannah usually counts by matching one toy to one of my opened fingers.
For instance, when she asked me what is number 4, and asked me to show my fingers; I would have to open up 4 fingers.
But with counting mats, no more opening fingers for me. Ha!
She would just need to do it with the turkeys instead.
Get Your Download
Don’t forget to grab your free Turkey Counting Mats by clicking on the download button below.
Want More Thanksgiving Math Activities?
Check out our Thanksgiving Math Center with 6 exciting centers!
You will get :
- Thanksgiving Counting Mat – This time with Thanksgiving dishes theme!
- Thanksgiving Number Maze – Help the turkey get their Thanksgiving meals!
- Thanksgiving NO-PREP Number Puzzle – You will get 2 sets of pre-scrambled puzzle. Just let your kids cut them out, piece them together, and paste the puzzles into the given puzzle boxes
- Thanksgiving I Spy
- Thanksgiving Count and Graph
- Thanksgiving Measurement – Your kids will get to measure 3 sets of measurement using non-standarad measurement; How long is the turkey faces, How far (distance) has the turkey walk, and How tall is the Thanksgiving features
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