One of Nicholas’ favorite books right now is Try Counting Sheep by Joanne Partis. This pretty much works out perfectly as right now we’re working on our numbers theme and have spent the past few days counting pretty much anything we can get our hands on.
In the story, you (and three little kittens) are looking for sheep to count, but instead, seem to find every other animal on the farm.
The thing is though, the sheep are there, on every page. You just have to find them 🙂
Nicholas loves this part and gets so excited every time he finds a sheep that we decided to try to include them in our numbers week.
The book uses the numbers 1-10, but with this counting activity you could use any numbers you like 🙂 It’s super simple to set up and you only need a few supplies!
To make this a little easier, I just went ahead and laminated the sheep printable so that we could use a dry erase marker on it but if you have number cards on hand or want to just use squares of paper with numbers on them, that works just fine as well.
If you do choose to laminate like we did, you’ll need:
The sheep printable (grab that below)
Dry Erase Marker
Once you’re printable is laminated, all you need to do is write a number on the sheep and have your preschooler count out the correct number of cotton balls.
Then just erase and start again!
If your child is a little older and can write their numbers themselves, you could easily turn it around and place cotton balls on the sheep and then have them count and write the correct number on their own.
Either way, it’s a fun, simple activity that gets them working on not only their early math skills, but their fine motor skills as well. Reading the book along with the activity really helps to cement the story in their little minds as well 🙂