During meals, count food items and move them across the plate as you count.

Tip: Count carrots, blueberries, or pieces of cheese.



When sharing snacks, pass out pieces one at a time.

Tip: Talk about what happens if there is not enough for everyone to have the same amount.


Organize snacks into groups of the same size, then try skip-counting.

Tip: Make groups of 2, 3 or 5, then count by twos, threes or fives.

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Why is this important?

Counting out loud helps children attach meaning to counting objects.

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VandeWalle, J. A. (2011). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally. Pearson Canada. (p. 191).

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