Saturday, December 29, 2012

Math is Fun for Little Ones!

There are lots of great ways to introduce your baby or kidlet to numbers. You can start with some fun books that feature numbers and counting.  For babies try these board books:  Baby's Numbers by Karen Katz, which features large colorful drawing of familiar objects to illustrate each number, or 1-2-3 Dinosaurs Bite! by Steve Jenkins, where jaggedy parts of each page are missing, ostensibly by hungry dinosaurs. 

Toddlers will enjoy Peter Maloney's One Foot Two Feet: an EXCEPTIONal counting book, where die-cut windows frame one object and a turn of the page reveals a group of them. Or try Laura Seeger's One Boy, where the die-cut does double duty, both to frame the number of objects as well as to make a play on words. The surprise ending will undoubtedly spur your child to enjoy the book all over again!
Older children never tire of the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle which introduces days of the week as well as incrementally increasing bites of food by the insatiable caterpillar.  For something new, try Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno, a wordless picture book that offers the child something to count on each page while revealing an ever-changing, ever-growing scene. Another engaging read is One is a Snail; Ten is a Crab: a counting by feet book by April Pulley Sayre. Just try to read this one without counting the feet of the animals shown! 
And when you're done with reading, zoom off to the moon with this fun clapping countdown chant:
 Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon.
If you'd like to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon.
(On "blastoff", lift baby above your head or jump up with your young one).

-Miss Meg

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