What to do with this activity?
Once upon a time there were three little pigs. Remember that story?
"The Three Little Pigs" is a great story for introducing numbers to your little one. As you tell the story, count each pig "1 Pig, 2 Pigs, 3 Pigs". Ask questions every so often to find out which number might come next. Make it interesting by counting their fingers and toes as you tell the story. Make it dramatic as you repeat the wolf's line "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down".
If you don't know the story, your local library will have the book and you can join for free. Ask the librarian how to join and where to find the book.
If you have a smart phone you can download a free "app" of "The Three Little Pigs" story. If you have an iphone, get an app from Zubadoo here. It's also available for android phones. Or watch this video from Kiddo Stories on youtube.
Sit your child on your knee and read it together like a story book.
Why am I doing this?
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
How can I do more?
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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