Make learning to count FUN for your toddler or preschooler with this DIY learning activity called Pony Bead Counting Towers! Inspired by a pin by Spielgaben, this activity is easy to pull together and choc full of early mathematics learning potential. Use Pony Bead Counting Towers for practicing number identification, identifying more or less, understanding one-to-one correspondence, and counting verbally while working on fine motor skills at the same time!
Here's how we created and utilized our Pony Bead Counting Towers:
What You'll Need:
- 10 wooden skewers
- play dough
- pony beads (at least 55 beads, if you're counting to ten)
- cookie sheet
- magnetic numbers
What To Do:
1) Roll 10 balls of play dough. (The balls don't have to be huge, but bulky enough that they can hold up a skewer.) As you roll the play dough balls, encourage your child to help count them.
2) Press the play dough balls on the cookie sheet and number them with the magnets, as shown below. (You don't have to use a cookie sheet, but it is convenient because you can spin the tray for easy access as well as put the towers aside for later if you'd like.) Depending on your tot's ability level, take the opportunity to work on number identification and/or putting the numbers in order.
3) Place the skewers in the play dough balls. Remember to count!
4) Practice counting to the numbers 1-10 while dropping the pony beads onto the skewers.
Not including her self corrections and recounts, my daughter practiced counting at least 13 times (three times during the preparation of the towers and ten times while placing the beads)! I was proud of her hard work, and I was amazed that she didn't tire of counting after five minutes like she often does with other "games." My tot had so much fun making play dough balls and playing with skewers and beads that she didn't even realize that she was learning at the same time!
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