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Guest Post! Counting & Animal Recognition For Toddlers

Counting & Animal Recognition For Toddlers

Hello! I am Noelle of the blog Oh Happy Play. I am so honored to be able to come over to Kim’s blog and share a fun way to help you teach your toddlers counting and animal recognition that doesn’t actually feel like teaching at all! When you take basic learning goals like counting and animal recognition and make it fun it tends to get picked up by toddlers a lot easier! So here is one way you can do this with your children!

Counting & Animal Recognition For Toddlers

So back to the beginning, the goal of this little “lesson” is to teach counting as well as animal recognition for your toddlers. I started this following activity at about 17 months with my first daughter. She was totally verbal and really understood it. We are just starting it now with my second little one and it really is a fun activity. So here is how you do it:

What you need:

How to do it:

Animal recognition

  1.     Lay the mat down in front of your child with nothing on it. Have ALL of the animals in a cup next to the mat.
  2.     Pick out one animal and lay it on the mat.
  3.     Ask your child what that animal is.
  4.     Then you can ask what sound does that animal make.
  5.     Using the play mat mentioned above I also added: Where does the animal like to be on the farm? (I.e. The duck likes to be in the pond)
  6.     Repeat these steps & questions with all the animals on the farm (one by one). You can then lay them all out (maybe even in their “homes”) and go through them all again as a whole.

Counting & Animal Recognition For Toddlers

Counting

  1.     Lay the mat down in front of your child with nothing on it. Have ALL of the animals in a cup next to the mat.
  2.     Start with laying one animal on the mat (then go up from there) and ask: “How many animals do you see on the farm?”
  3.     Demonstrating with your index finger, count the animals on  the farm.
  4.     After each time take ALL of the animals off of the mat and start over completely fresh each time.
  5.     Repeat these steps going up in the number of animals. Eventually you can mix it up and go from “1 animal” on the farm to “4 animals” on the farm to truly test out their new counting skills.

Counting & Animal Recognition For Toddlers

Both of these activities are super important for visual and cognitive thinking/learning. This is one FUN way you can start teaching your toddlers to count and have animal recognition right at home. Learning doesn’t have to be boring and this is proof! I hope you enjoy this and please let me know if you do it with your child(ren). Even better, take photos and tag me with #ohhappyplay on Instagram!

Cheers! Xo Noelle

Thanks to Noelle and her adorable daughter, Lola for sharing this post with us today!

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9 Comments

  1. Brittany wrote:

    I love these ideas! So easy to incorporate into everyday playtime.

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  2. Savanna wrote:

    I love this! Definitely something fun to try out with my little girl.

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  3. I love this idea! My daughter is almost one and a half and absolutely loves anything farm animal related. it’s so fun to see her recognizing different animals and trying to make their sounds!

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  4. Keala wrote:

    Oh what a sweet idea. That playmat is darling. It would make a great baby shower gift too! Hmmmm i may need to chekx it out!

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  5. Kimberly wrote:

    This is so cute! Love the play mat! I bet it would be so nice on an airplane to keep a little one busy!

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  6. I’ve been eyeing the Homemade Happiness by Ruth playmats for awhile! I’m so glad that she seems to love hers!

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    • thelavenderladies wrote:

      I have never seen these mats before, they are SUPER cute!

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  7. Maggie wrote:

    I love these ideas! Using the Farm aNimals is so cute. I started doing counting practice with my two year old at the table during snack time. She quickly fogured out the number she said correlated with the number of goldfish she got. SuddenLy she was counting 1 2 5 instead of 1 2 3 haha!

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    • thelavenderladies wrote:

      that’s awesome, Maggie!! Good job with your little one!

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