We survived our first week of Homeschool Preschool! How did it go for you all? It went really well for us, and my boys loved it!
I think one of the things I loved the most (selfishly) is already having activities planned out for the week. It made each day less stressful and I didn’t feel like I was scrambling around trying to occupy my kids throughout the day.
I feel empowered and I’m ready to face another week! Plus, this week is a shorter week since Monday is Labor Day! Woot!
Homeschool Preschool Counting Numbers 1-10
This week our theme is counting numbers 1-10.
Counting numbers is an important foundation to math skills. While the word “math” might sound intimidating, the activities I’ve put together are super fun! So hopefully your kiddos will be learning and practicing skills without even realizing it!
My 3 year-old already is quite familiar with these numbers. He can count up to 10, and can recognize most of these numbers. But I think the number 10 kind of confuses him because it’s actually two numbers put together to form one number. Thinking about it from his perspective–it is quite confusing!
I think the activities this week will help solidify all the numbers that he has learned in the past.
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Day 1: Cheerio Stacking
Use Playdoh to create a base. Place spaghetti sticks vertically in the Playdoh. Thread spaghetti through the Cheerios and stack Cheerios.
I’m planning on using 10 spaghetti sticks and getting my son to stack 1 through 10. (1 Cheerio on the first stick, 2 Cheerios on the second stick, 3 Cheerios on the third stick, etc.)
Day 2: Roll Dice and Do Action
Roll the dice and get your child to do a certain action. For example, after rolling a one, get your child to do one jumping jack or jump. If you roll a two, get your child to do two jumping jacks, etc.
I just ordered this dice. It’s foam and larger than traditional dice so it’s perfect for this age group 🙂
Matching Numbered Cars With Parking Spaces
This activities requires a little bit of prep, but nothing too difficult 🙂
My boys have a ton of mini cars (like Hotwheels). Using a little bit of masking/painters tape, label each car a number. I plan on doing 1-10.
On a sheet of paper, draw little “parking spaces” for each of the cars to be parked in. You could also use the worksheet from day 4 to do this activity as well.
Get your child to “park” the cars in the matching “parking spaces”.
Day 3: Fill Circle With Things
You could do this inside or outside. If outside, I would draw large circles with chalk and write a number inside the circle. Get corresponding number of items (rocks, sticks, etc) to fill the circles.
If inside, I would use masking/painters tape to do the same thing.
We did this a couple weeks ago, and the boys had a lot of fun.
I drew out the boxes for hopscotch, and dot-wrote the numbers. And then my 3 year-old traced the numbers.
Honestly, we didn’t really play hopscotch, but my sons had fun jumping on each of the numbers in the boxes. It’s a fun and easy outdoor activity that gets your kiddos moving!
Day 4: Counting Actions
My boys have been really into balloons lately, so we have several balloons (that are filled) just lying around the house. So I plan on using those and getting my 3 year-old to count how many times he can tap it to keep it floating in the air before it touches the floor.
You could also see how many times you can toss a ball before dropping it. Or how many times you can kick the ball into the soccer goal. Options are endless.
There are two ways I would do this worksheet.
1) Draw the corresponding number of shapes into the box. My son likes drawing circles. But it could be any shape.
2) Place the corresponding number of items into the box. We have a box of brain flakes that I plan on using.
BONUS Activity: Matching Popsicle Sticks
Since this week is a shorter week, I thought I would throw in a bonus activity for you all! We might do this on Monday if we have some down time, or we might squeeze this into another day.
Number 10 popsicle sticks 1 through 10 And then draw corresponding number of stars or circles on ten other sticks. Get child to match the picture sticks with the number sticks.
Tip: I got popsicle sticks at the dollar store! They have colored variety packs and plain ones as well. So affordable!
Bear Counts by Karma Wilson
Karma Wilson makes rhyming seem so easy! I love all her Bear series, and this one is no exception. This book is especially great for beginner counter since Bear only counts up to 5.
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
If your child likes any of the Click, Clack, Moo series, they’re sure to love this one as well! Such a cute counting book with the same characters as the others in the series.
Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani
Cute and simple counting book that counts cats!
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns
This book is so fun since it teaches you numbers up to ten in Swahili. I love that it has extra information about Tanzania at the end of the book.
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Love how this book brings together dinosaurs and other commonly found toys and things around around the house. Very relatable, especially for boys!
1-2-3 Predators Bite! An Animal Counting Book From American Museum of Natural History
My boys both loved this book since the pages have actual bite marks cut out.
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
My 3 year-old loved this book! He enjoyed counting all the apples on the trees, and it was fun since there were a lot of farm animals as well. Since they count down in this book, this one is especially great for when your kiddo is comfortable counting to ten.
Ten in the Den by John Butler
A take on the song “Ten in the Bed”. This book also counts down from ten so it’s also great to read once your kiddo is a bit more comfortable with numbers up to ten.
This week is the second week for Psalm 139:14. It’s actually been really wonderful memorizing this Bible verse with my son. It’s been an encouraging reminder for myself daily.
We made little actions that help us remember the words. And my son has most of it memorized! I plan on taking a video of him reciting the verse on Friday. I think it’ll be a great memory for us to look back on!
This numbers playlist from Super Simple Songs on YouTube is so cute! I’ll be playing these songs throughout the week.
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I hope this lesson plan for Counting Numbers 1-10 is helpful as you plan your next week of homeschool preschool!
I’ve been posting all of our activities every day on Instagram @discoveringmommyhood.
If you do any of these Counting Numbers activities, please share! I would love to see how it works out for your kiddos!
8 thoughts on “Counting Numbers 1-10 Homeschool Preschool: Unit 2”
What a great resource for parents homeschooling preschoolers! These activities are fun and engaging, so they will have loads of fun while learning!
I love that you’ve pulled it all together. The most difficult part of planning homeschool for me was finding activities that are on theme for an entire week. Great post!
Thanks Holly! I sometimes struggle with that myself.
But I find that having a cohesive unit and repetition is so great for young children.
Hope you found this lesson plan helpful!
Great Activities! I just did number recognition with my toddler. I liked the car number game.
What a fun preschool counting unit! I love the supporting story books you suggest too!
Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! I find it super helpful when other people suggest books as well!
Fantastic activities. We actually played the one with play doh, spahetti and cheerios and had fun. Of course, many cheerios ended in his tummy but I guess learning can be both fun and delicious at the same time.
Yes! Delicious and fun learning is the best way to keep my boys’ attention!