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From a very young age we begin to teach our children the concepts of counting. Whether counting their toes by playing this little piggy or singing 5 little monkey’s jumping on the bed, we are teaching them. Playing counting games, singing songs or playing with math & counting toys is an engaging way for children to learn mathematical concepts early in life.
For toddlers, they may not understand what counting is but many will learn to count at least to 5, many to 10. We as parents can help our young toddlers to understand this concept more by giving them a few educational math & counting toys that teach sequencing, counting, number recognition and more.
Children love cookies, so it makes sense to learn with them. Learning Resources Smart Snacks Counting Cookies learning toy will have children learning to recognize, count and compare numbers with soft, plastic Counting cookies that are numbered 0-10 on one side and the corresponding number of chocolate chips on the opposite side. Fine motor skills and hand eye coordination are also beneficial with this fun toy as children will pick up the cookie, remove the lid on the jar and place cookies inside! Buy Now. Toddlers+/Ages 2+
Make learning numbers fun with Plan Toys Numbers 1-10, 20-piece wooden tile set. The two-sided tiles feature number 1-10, colorful pictures and words that help children count, match, spell and trace the numbers. Made in PlanWood; sustainable rubber wood and coated with a non-toxic finish, all colors are made from vegetable dye. Buy Now. Ages 2+
Little one’s will love fishing in their home with the Melissa & Doug Fish & Count Learning Game. The Fish & Count Game will have children lowering the self-stick bait into the fishing pond, attach to one of the felted pieces, and lift out your catch. Details and full of colors! The set includes 8 shaped sea creatures to match, sort, sequence and catch with reversible “pond” that has shapes on one side, numbers on the other. Buy Now. Ages 1-3.
The Leapfrog Touch Magic Counting Train was one of my children’s favorite toys to learn numbers on. This learning toys builds core learning skills: Numbers & Counting, Early Vocabulary, Animal Names and Sounds and Fine Motor Skills. A fun toy with touch numbers 1-20 to hear animal names and count along. Fun games reinforce learning plus sing along to fun songs and build your own version of “Old MacDonald” with 10 friendly farm characters. Explore 20 vocabulary words for food and animals and get practice associating a set of objects with a number. Parents can also expand learning by connecting to the online LeapFrog Learning Path. Buy Now. Ages 2-4.
Link up the Learning Resources snap -n- learn counting elephants from trunk to tail. These chunky plastic toys reinforce number recognition (1–10), sequencing, color matching and fine motor skills. Scaffolded to give little learners a helping hand- each blanket is color-coded to match the creature that comes next in the sequence. Large elephants measure 4 1/4″L x 2 1/4″H, perfect for toddler size hands. Buy Now. Ages 2+.