The book includes numbers 0-10 (inclusive). On each page, they are asked to trace and write the word. Although they are not yet expected to be able to write the word, I like having it in the book because its extra fine motor practice forming letters…can’t ever have too much of that! They trace and write the numeral, find and circle the numeral, touch and count the shapes, color that number of boxes, and draw shapes to show the number.
- “Wet dog counting” (from EngageNY) – pretend you are a wet dog trying to dry off your limbs. Shake each limb X number of times to try and get dry! If you’re on number 3, shake your left arm three times while counting out loud, then shake your right arm, left leg, and right leg). My kids LOVE this.
- Counting on our fingers
- Pushups in the air (time to get strong! We flex out muscles and push our hands straight in front of us imitating a push up and we count up to a certain number)
- Draw the number in the air – with one arm and then the other…maybe use an elbow or a nose of a foot when they get more advanced!
- Playdoh- form the number with playdoh or roll enough small balls to show how many
- Whiteboards- students use clear page protectors stuffed with white paper as their own personal white boards. They then use a dry erase marker and a cut piece of felt as an eraser so they can practice and erase the number of the day.