by Carrie Wells
"Happy children learn best" - Dr. James Partington.
Discovering what motivates a child and really tapping into that is a great way to get children interested in learning! I wanted to find some way to combine Lydia's interest in cats with Lydia's interest in numbers, so I designed this counting activity:
I used the little envelopes that library cards go into, and I glued them to a large piece of posterboard. I printed large numbers and placed them on the front of each. Then I found all different cats, I printed the designated number of cats, and attached them to equal-sized pieces of black paper. Lydia can count the number of cats on each paper and place into the corresponding envelope. This activity targets rote counting, random counting, number recognition, colors, and following directions. If she cannot match the number of cats to the correct number, I will tell her "That goes in the orange envelope in the top row." Once you have the board itself made, you can switch out the cards based on theme.