# Counting Games for Kids Ping Pong Ball Addition Activity

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Counting Games are lots of fun and the one we are featuring today is a simple addition activity as well.  Counting activities for kids can take concepts like how to add numbers and break them down into easy counting games.

Kids Activities Blog is excited to welcome Vicky from Mess for Less as Quirky Momma for the day.  She is here to share with us her kids favorite counting games.

## Counting Games

I was never a big fan of math.

In fact, if you told me when I was younger that there were fun math games out there, I wouldn’t have believed you. Now that I am a mom, one of my goals if for my kids not to struggle the way I did. I try and create some fun counting games that will be so engaging that the kids won’t know they’re learning.

Sneaky huh?

## Make a Counting Game

You will need to make this counting game:

• 12 ping pong balls with the numbers 1-12 written on them
• Beans
• 1 large plastic container
• 2 smaller plastic containers
• several small cups

Counting Game Beans:  Start out with a supply of beans in one of your smaller plastic containers. These beans will be your counters. The amount you need will depend on the number of kids playing the game. Each child gets a small cup where they will hold their beans when their turn is over.

Counting Game Targets:  Place the larger plastic container a good length away from where your child will stand. If your child is smaller have it closer, and if they are bigger it can be a bit further away. Give your child the container with the ping pong balls while they are standing away from the empty large container. They will then have a turn to toss each of the balls and try and get them in the empty container.

## Learning Numbers

When they have thrown all their balls, they bring you the large container that has the balls they successfully tossed in. Look at the numbers and fill their small cup with the appropriate number of beans. For instance, if they got a 7, 8 and a 12 ball in, they get 7 beans, 8 beans and 12 beans in their cup.

When everyone has had their turn, the kids can dump out their beans and count them. The person with the most beans wins that round. You can play as many rounds as you wish.

Vicky writes Mess for Less which has all sorts of fun activities that she does with her kids.  You can also find her on Twitter as @MessForLess.

## More Counting Games and Activities

Kids Activities Blog doesn’t think learning numbers should be work…counting games are fun!  Here are a few of our favorite counting games and activities to get children counting.

Thanks so much to our guest Quirky Momma!  We really appreciate the kid activity fun that she brought today.

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