(Start early - just by example, at first.)
Toys- nested cups, keys, balls, blocks, stuffed animals... Everything can
be sorted or counted.
Sorting shapes in containers (see the materials list).
Foods while shopping - count produce as you put it in the bag.
bags of groceries did we buy?"
Have child help put groceries away.
arrange the can with the tallest ones in the back and the shortest ones in the
You can do the same with the cereal and cracker boxes.
Count the magnets on the refrigerator. -- In fact, you can use
refrigerator magnets on a cookie sheet for sorting and counting. You can
get magnet alphabet sets and make words too!
Coins (this is a bit more advanced)- Sort by size, stack in groups of 5's
Pictures in photo albums (ha, we call them "scrap
"How many pictures are on this page?"
Chairs around the dinner table
Members in the family - How many girls? How many boys?
Count wheels, doors and other parts on the car.
"How many of these occur in
"How many things are there 4 of?"
Help sort and count the daily mail. Find and read the numbers in the
Have them learn their address and phone number!!
Count things in family collections. Do people
still collect Beanie Babies?
Count claps, hops, jumps, etc.
Count steps while walking and climbing.
Get a birdfeeder and put it in the backyard.
"How many birds do you see on
"Let's keep track of how many bags of seed the birds eat this month."
Preschool Activities to Get Ready for