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Taking Inventory

Ask your child to take inventory of the items in your bathroom drawer! Have her write down the number of brushes and other items she finds.

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Extending this activity

  • -Encourage your child to inventory other items in the house. For example, when cooking dinner he can count and record the number of pots, skillets, and lids in your kitchen cabinet.

    -Purchase an inexpensive notepad for the child to play with. She can use it to pretend she works at a store and takes inventory. Show her how to record the numbers in the notepad.

Adjust for an older child

Find additional items in your drawer for your child to inventory. Ask follow up questions such as: Which item do I have the most of? The least of? How many more tubes of lipstick do I have than brushes?

Adjust for a younger child

The younger child may need help writing the numbers. You can hold the child's hand in yours and guide him as he writes each number.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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2 thoughts on “Taking Inventory

  1. Maybe want to discourage children from using markers on furniture.

  2. Thank you for the suggestion! This is definitely something to consider in helping children to understand where this type of marker can be used safely and appropriately. Another option would be to use a notepad and crayon or pencil!

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