Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on an early literacy concept and share fun activities and tips to help reinforce a variety of kindergarten readiness skills.

This week’s concept is counting!

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How high can you count? Numbers are used in almost EVERYTHING that we do. We use numbers to tell time, make a phone call, pay for a new toy and decide how many valentines we need to send to our friends!

Can you trace the numbers in the image above with your finger? Which numbers do you recognize? Are any of the numbers in your address or phone number?

Learning to count works best through play and hands on activities. This week we have one of our favorite storytime musicians, Jim Gill, helping you learn to count through his Jumping and Counting song. Click on Jim’s name above when you are ready to jump and count!

Mrs. K. shared a fun activity to practice counting. If you did not pick up one of our Kinder Club packets that included the activity, don’t worry – you can do something similar at home. Ask your grown-up to trace your hands onto a piece of construction paper. Next, cut out the hands you traced and glue the palms (not the fingers) to a separate sheet of paper. Take a crayon, marker or pencil and write the numbers 1-10 above each finger. Perfect! Now you can use either your paper fingers or real fingers to practice counting!

If you picked up a Kinder Club practice packet from the library, have fun completing this week’s activities and stay tuned for our next activity post.

Kindergarten Readiness Tip: Practice recognizing numbers and counting this week by going on a number hunt! While at home, on a walk or in the car see how many numbers you can find. Want a harder challenge? Write down the numbers you find and put them in the correct order.