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Block Counting

Math & Sciences

2.5–4 years

A simple way to teach basic math skills. Block counting is a great way to make learning how to count more engaging and fun and will prepare your child for more complex math problem solving in the coming years.

Materials

  • Building blocks
  • Plain paper or construction paper
  • Coloured pens, pencils, or crayons
  • Scissors

Set-up

Make your number cards large and colourful so that your child can easily identify the numbers.

  1. Hand write or print from the computer the numbers 1 to 10.
  2. Cut out each number separately to make your number cards.

Time to count

Find a quiet place to work and lay out all of your building blocks. The goal is to build a tower of blocks which match the corresponding number card.

 

  1. Begin by choosing simple numbers and formations, e.g. 2, 3, 4, etc.
  2. Place the number cards in a row and ask your child to match the written quantity with their blocks.
  3. Progress to more challenging formations, e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. Be creative and experiment with your number formations.
  4. Introduce colour patterns to make the activity more challenging. For example, build a tower of 10 blocks using only red and orange blocks.

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • How many blocks do you have?
  • What colour of blocks do you have?
  • Can you build a tower using 6 blocks?
  • What number comes next?
  • Can you make a pattern?
  • What colour comes next in the pattern?

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