For today’s activity, we used some of the supplies from recycle bin and some stuff we had at home to create simple counting activity for toddler. Counting roses activity helps with learning numbers 1-5 and doubles as fine motor skill practice.
Few items you will need to prepare in advance for today’s activity:
- small medicine bottles from recycle bin (although any small cups or glasses you have on hands would work as well)
- mini roses
- self-adhesive paper
I have cut little hearts from self-adhesive paper and wrote numbers 1-5 on each heart. When done, I simply stuck hearts on little bottles.
I have laid bottles on the table and placed mini roses next to them. My younger girl would then read the number on each of the bottles and place coresponding number of roses inside a bottle. Very simple and effective hands-on learning to count!
You will need to prepare 5 mini bottles and 15 mini roses to learn 1-5. If you want to expand this activity and learn counting numbers 1-10, you will need 10 mini bottles and 55 mini roses!
And, we used these same mini roses for another fine motor activity – we planted a garden!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Printable Valentine’s Day Dice Games // Fun-A-Day
FREE Number Bingo // The STEM Laboratory
Pre-Writing Alphabet Practice with Conversation Hearts // Preschool Inspirations
Heart Match Up Activity // Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Counting Roses // Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Conversation Heart Counting Cards // Life Over C’s
Love Bug Clock // Fairy Poppins
Counting Heart Cake Toppers // Adventures of Adam
Heart Wreath // Powerful Mothering
Magic Heart Sight Words // Playdough to Plato
Simple Suspended Conversation Heart Discovery Bottle // Lemon Lime Adventures
Valentine Numbers and Counting Hearts // Play and Learn Everyday
Teach Buttoning Skills with Heart Buttons // Sugar Aunts
Free Valentine’s Day Addition Memory Game // DIY Farm Wife
Hearts Pom Pom Game // Teach Me Mommy
I Spy Valentine’s Day Heart Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Color Sorting Hearts // Modern Preschool
Candy Heart Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
We Go Together Like PB&J Homemade Game // Study at Home Mama
Valentine’s Day CVC Board Game // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
If you’re looking for additional simple to set up activities, you should most surely check the Early Years Activity Set from our friend Jamie from Hands on: as we grow. This set is packed full of super easy and low preparation activities for toddlers and preschoolers. You can pick which one you want, according to your child’s age. She even planned several weeks of activities for you! Or you can use templates she provides and set your own plans for a week of fun discovering, playing, engaging and learning with kids!
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.