These Halloween counting activities will make learning how to count fun for young children.
Here are some super simple activities to incorporate one to one correspondence skills into your daily math routine.
One to One Correspondence Activities
One-to-one correspondence is the act of counting each object once and only once.
Many young children in preschool and kindergarten have difficulty learning how to count objects individually.
Providing young children in preschool and kindergarten with lots of practice to develop their one-to-one correspondence skills will ensure they do not struggle with more complex math skills later.
Counting Spider Rings
What could be more fun than playing with spider rings and spider webs?
For the counting spider rings activity you will need the following supplies:
- Paper plates
- Spider rings (dollar store)
- One foam die
Start by cutting notches around the outside of small paper plates. You will need one paper plate, or spider web, for each child in your small group.
Next, wrap the string around the plates using the notches to hold the string in place. If your students are too young to complete this step independently you could prepare the webs for them, but if they are old enough this will be great fun!
Each child in your small group should have their own web. Now, place a container of spider rings in the middle of the table.
To play, the children will take turns rolling the die and placing the corresponding number of spiders in their webs.
Your kids will love using the grabber to count and place the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch! Using the grabber has other educational benefits such as the development of fine motor skills.
Here are the supplies you will need for the counting pumpkins activity:
- Orange pom-poms
- Grabber (dollar store)
- Green marker
- One foam die
Start by drawing some vines with your green marker on the paper. Then, place a bowl of pom-poms on the left side of the table and the paper with the vines on the right side of the table.
Invite students in your small group to take turns rolling the die and using the grabber to place the corresponding number of pom-poms in the pumpkin patch.
Be sure to have the students stand in front of the table with the pom-poms on their left to reinforce left to right progression.
When students transfer the pom-poms from the bowl to the paper they are also crossing the midline.
For older students, or students who are ready, you can use a ten frame to represent the pumpkin patch to support fluency within ten.
Counting Pumpkin Seeds
Use real pumpkin seeds for this fun, hands-on counting game!
- Pumpkin seeds
- Mini pumpkin containers (dollar store)
- One foam die
Start by giving each child in your small group a small pumpkin container. Next, place a cup of pumpkin seeds in the middle of the table.
Children will take turns rolling the die and counting out the corresponding number of pumpkin seeds into their little pumpkin.