Today is Monday, that means its time for all the fun activities for the week. The Baby Lit book Pride and Prejudice is all about counting so thats what we are going to focus on. I could believe how excited Lydia got about putting the pom poms in the water bottles, and I was just as excited she was developing motor skills. The activities for this week will be very simple and will include activities that can be reused in the future.
What you will need:
- Small bite size treats (6-12 month Gerber puffs work really well)
- 5-10 empty water bottles
- Colored pom poms
- Stickers and construction paper
- Construction paper, markers, fruit snacks
- Popsicle sticks
- A favorite 4x6 photo
Activity #1... Counting Treats
We love snack time at our house! So why not incorporate some counting fun with snacks. If your child is anything like mine, puffs will be a huge hit. Before I would give her any snacks I would count them out. So the first time I only gave her one puff and counted to 1. Once she had finished her first puff, I gave her two puffs and counted them out individually. I kept going until she was full (around 15 puffs for my 9 month old). Snack time is an awesome way to just start talking about numbers with your littles. They are always a captive audience at snack time.
Activity #2 Counting Flash Cards
I love when we make something that can be put into a baggie to be used later. This was so easy to make. We made these flash cards using construction paper and a cap to trace the circles.
Activity #3... Water Bottle Counting
This is an awesome activity for learning counting and colors. Start by taking five empty water bottles and making a different color strip on each bottle. Then place the water bottles and pompoms within reach and have fun. For younger children start simply by just putting the pom poms into the bottles. As they get older you can sort by color and start to count the balls being placed in the corresponding water bottle. At any age it is a great way to learn to sort, count and match colors. I noticed it helped develop the prancer grip for baby girl, just make sure to watch so they aren't putting them in their mouths.
Activity #4... Stickers
Most littles love stickers, mine is really fascinated with how sticky they are. It was fun for us to learn how to place them on the paper and count them out. And it is awesome how many different stickers you can find! I found this fun pack at Target.
Activity #5... Picture puzzle
I dont know about you but I love a good puzzle. Its even better when it is a puzzle of your own family. This is just a simple 4x6 picture that is cut up and glued on popsicle sticks.