My daughter Jenna is 2.5 years old now and we have been working informally on basic math skills for almost a year. She is pretty good at visualizing numbers up to about four and she can count with correspondence to four. What I haven’t introduced to her at all is the concept of numerals. Today was the day!
First we made the quantities 1, 2, and 3 using candy.
Picking up that candy was a good fine-motor activity!
Then we matched up the numerals with the correct quantities. My main goal is for Jenna to understand that the numeral represents the quantity. I could have introduced numerals to Jenna a long time ago, but I wanted her to her to have a strong understanding of quantities first.
We did this game several times, with lots of candy. I’m banking on Jenna asking to do this activity again in the near future!