Counting games are a great way to get children counting naturally.  Numbers need to come naturally or early math skills will be harder to master.  Learning to count is more fun with counting activities for kids.

Today Kids Activities Blog is excited to have Valerie from Glittering Muffins as Quirky Momma for the day to share her counting games!

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Counting Games

Creating this counting game was super easy. First you need a Barrel of Monkeys  (doesn’t matter the color).  Then  I grabbed white stickers that I cut to monkey belly size and my trusty fine point sharpie and wrote the numbers 1-12 on them. I stuck them on their bellies and voilà! (affiliate links) Now the monkeys had numbers on their bellies (also their names for Nico's mind) and we could hang them in all kind of number sequences. He especially liked when I called numbers, I would say, in a monkey voice of course, something like: Monkey number 8 here, I ™d really like to play with monkey number 9, can you get him for me, please? and when he hung the monkeys together I would add: Yay, my friend is here! We can play now, thank you!

Children Counting Games

There are lots of ways to create counting games with the numbered monkeys once they are ready.  Learning to count can be great fun depending on how creative you get.  Don’t be afraid to let your child lead this counting activity. Counting Game Options:
  • You can have the child hang them from 1-12 or reverse.
  • You can have the child find the numbers you call out.
  • Make number dice with 1-6 and 7-12 numbers on them, so you can roll and hang what the dice say, smallest number first or vice-versa.
  • You could do all those with shapes or colors as well.

Creating a Counting Game

And all this took me about 5 minutes to make, providing an additional educational side to a classic fun kids’ game. Valerie is the mother of a very, very active and energetic three & 1/2 year old named Nico. Although Valerie has always been crafty, motherhood has given her a completely different spin, and new perspective on things and what you can do without having to resort to expensive ingredients or to rely on the big stores. You can find her blogging at Glittering Muffins.

More Counting Games

Kids Activities Blog is pro-fun when it comes to learning which is why we were so excited that Valerie was here today to share her children counting games.  If you are looking for some other playful ways for kids learning to count, check out some of our favorite early math activities.

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  1. I don’t think I have ever seen barrel of monkeys over here in the U.K. it’s a good idea though and I guess it can be done on any toy figures.