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Extending this activity

  • -Try this activity at the grocery store. Add three lemons to a bag; ask your child if he or she can count by touching the items without looking.

    -Read a tactile counting book to your child where the child can touch each item while counting. One example is the board book “One Green Frog” by Yvonne Hooker.

Adjust for an older child

Use more than five items in the bag, but give clues as to how many are in the bag. For example, if there are seven items in the bag you could say “There are more than five items but less than ten items.” Then have the child put his or her hand in the bag and count without looking.

Adjust for a younger child

Start with one item in the bag, then two items, and finally three items. Do not go higher than three items in the bag with the younger child.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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