50 Number and Counting Activities with a Book List

Hands-on learning is a perfect way to use these number and counting activities. Your preschooler or kindergarten children will love these activities, and book suggestions.

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50 Number and Counting Activities

My son has loved learning his alphabets through hands-on activities, and learning his numbers has been no different. Here is a collection of some of our favorite number activities on the web.

Numbers Activities

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How to Teach Numbers with Legos by Joy in the Home
Magnetic Rocket Puzzle by Fantastic Fun and Learning
DIY Numtum Fun by Adventures of Adam
Train Track Number Hunt by Craftulate
Learning Numbers with Balloons by Teaching Mama

DIY Number Line by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Transportation Connect the Dots with Numbers by Craftulate
Race Car Math: Number Recognition by Frugal Fun with Boys
Homemade Numbered Popsicle Sticks Puzzle by Artsymomma
Active Number Game by Pieces by Polly


Exploring Loose Parts for Math by One Perfect Day
Learning Numbers by Activity Mom
Numeral Card Games by Kids Activity Blog
Playful Numeracy Math by Racheous
Number Recognition & Ordering with Paper Tubes by Learning with Play at Home

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How to Teach Number Recognition with Sequence by Joy in the Home
Number Recognition with Marbles by Parenting Fun
Chalk Number Recognition with The Mother Huddle
Sort the Mail Play & Number Recognition Game by No Time for Flashcards
Number Sort by Learning 4 Kids


Star Number Cards by Teaching Mama
Working with Numbers by Kids Activity Blog
Simple Games for Number Recognition by Reading Confetti
Number Recognition Activity by The Princess and the Tot
Number Recognition Bean Bag Toss by The Sun Scholars


There is a different between number activities and counting activities. Children can learn how to identify numbers but then they must learn how to count in order to move forward with learning.


Math Games with Dominoes and Cards by Kids Activity Blog
Let's Go on a Counting Walk
by Creative Family Fun
Play Dough Numbers by Here Comes the Girls Blog
Counting Practice for Toddlers with Pom Poms & Tubes by Where Imaginations Grows
Homemade Number Boards – Learning to Count by Artsymomma

Dump Truck Counting Math by The Measure Mom
DIY Counting Math Games by Where Imagination Grows
Counting with Play Dough Flowers by Here Comes the Girls Blog
Race to Fill the Cup – Counting Game by Frugal Fun with Boys
How Many by 1+1+1=1


Magnetic Pom Pom Counting by Teaching Mama
Race to Loose a Tooth by Toddler Approved
Counting Blocks, Building Towers by Hands on: As We Grow
Hot Chocolate Math by The Measured Mom
Paint Chip Number Punch by Reading Confetti


Kids Number Game by Kids Activity Blog
Counting Game: Run and Count by The Pleasantest Thing
Preschool Math with Lego Duplos by Frugal Fun for Boys
Numbers and Counting Egg Carton by Pocketful of Poises Blog
Ladybug Number Match and Counting Activity by Coffee Cups and Crayons


The Way We Count by For This Season
Number Line Run by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Number Rocks Math by B-Inspired Mama
Count and Sort Mailing Box Math Game by The Imagination Tree
Counting with Dice and Blocks by Hands on: As We Grow


50 Alphabet Activities

Do you like hands-on activities? These 50 alphabet activities that you can do with your preschooler or kindergarten age children will be a great way to learn through play.

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50 Alphabet Activities for Hands-on Learning

My son absolutely loves hands-on learning. We started many of these ideas when he was just two years old. He was learning the letters so quickly because he was engaged through play. That is what I love best about our learning boxes, and the hands-on activities around the web. Children are literally learning through play!

I want to share some of our favorite alphabet activities, and some great book ideas with you.

Alphabet Title Learning Box by Joy in the Home
DIY Touch and Feel Alphabet by Montessori En Casa
Garden ABC Hunt by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Letter of the Week Crafts by Crystal & Co.
ABC Bingo by My Joy-filled Life

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How to Teach the Alphabet with Legos by Joy in the Home
Hungry Bear ABC Game by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Sandpaper-Like Letters DIY by Frog in a Pocket
DIY Light Table Alphabet by Winegums & Watermelons
ABC Scavenger Hunt at the Park by Craftulate


DIY Alphabet Pocket Chart by Lalymom
Geoboard Light Table Play Letter Shapes by Where Imagination Grows
Outdoor Alphabet Tracing by Artsy Momma
Alphabet Board by My Life of Travels and Adventures
Alphabet Order Game by Learn with Play at Home

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Alphabet Beads Learning Box by Joy in the Home
Access Letters and Sounds with Puzzles by This Reading Mama
Alphabet Box by Living Montessori Now
Letter Sound Matching Game by Teaching Mama
Printable Letter Outlines by For This Season


Driveway ABC Game by Creative Family Fun
Alphabet Train by Craftulate
Water Bead Letter Recognition by Where Imagination Grows
Alphabet Party by Learn with Play at Home
Simple Alphabet Play Dough Tray by Little Bins for Little Hands

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Alphabet Clothes Pins Learning Box by Joy in the Home
Seek and Shoot ABC Basketball
by My Joy-filled Life
Alphabet Hop Game by Teacher Mama
Alphabet Rainbow Hunt by Adventures of Adam
Alphabet Lapbook with Game by The Mommy Talks


Race Car Alphabet Practice by Teach Beside Me
26 Ways to Learn the ABCs by This Reading Mama
Around the Table ABCs by Teacher Mama
DIY Alphablock Dominos by Adventures of Adam
Magnetic Letter Alphabet Soup by Pre-K Pages

Play-Doh Alphabet: A Pre-Writing Activity www.joyinthehome.com
Play-Doh Alphabet: A Pre-writing Activity by Joy in the Home
Alphabet Mat by Teach Beside Me
Homemade Tactile Letter Cards by Teaching Mama
Active Alphabet Activities by Toddler Approved
ABC Alphabet Clothes Pin Activity by The Chick n' Coop

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Alphabet Stamping: A Pre-writing Activity by Joy in the Home
Alphabet Train Matching Activity for Kids by Toddler Approved
Letter Delivery by Growing Book by Book
Alphabet Garden by No Time for Flash Cards
Treasure Hunt Alphabet Activity by B-inspired Mama

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7 Preschool Activities to Teach the Alphabet by Joy in the Home
31 Days of ABCs by All Done Monkey
ABCs of Movement Flashcards for Kids by Golden Reflection Blog
Learning Letters with Pipe Cleaners by Make and Takes
Alphabet for Starters by No Time for Flashcards

Leading Your Child to a Strong Faith

Leading your child to a strong faith can be very difficult in today's culture. Knowing a few key things to do this from the start of their life can really help you teach them to look to God for all their needs.

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Leading Your Child to a Strong Faith

Parenting is hard work. It seems like we are always teaching our children something important. From sleeping through the night, potty training, eating their vegetables, coloring in the lines, sounding out words, reading, being kind to others, picking up their toys, how to dress themselves with matching attire, and the list just goes on and on.

It can be exhausting to think about every aspect of what we teach our children from birth through adulthood, and beyond.

One thing that we need to be intentional about through it all is leading your child to a strong faith. I know easier said than done.

It doesn't have to be that way. It really doesn't!

Our oldest two children are adults, and both of them have a strong faith in our Christian beliefs. In addition to these two children, our other two, one a teenager and the last one just starting out in his education career also have a strong faith.

None of our children hide their faith, and in fact, they are very proud to tell others that they not only believe in God the Father, but Jesus Christ our Savior. They freely share of their profound faith in the literal days of Creation, and can point out the differences in creation and evolution, where their peers are intrigued and persuaded to believe the opposite of what they have learned in school.

I would love to share with you how we have ensured our children have had a strong faith, and willing to stand up for what they believe in any environment.

Start Young

I always sang about Jesus when my children were babies. I would rock them to sleep singing “Jesus Love Me”.

God and Jesus have always been a part of our every day. They understood earlier that God sent His son to die for us, and that Jesus forgives us of our sins. They would hear me using these top 5 verses and have them memorized very early because of it.

Teach Them to Pray

Prayer is the most important thing you can teach your child to do at an early age. There is nothing like watching your child of only a few years, stop to pray to ask God to help find something or to be able to do something.

One area that we have really focused on to teaching our children is to ask for forgiveness through prayer.

Read Bible Stories Together

I have favorite Bible stories that I have taught to my children, some my daughter enjoyed best, while others were more enjoyed by my boys, although they learned them all.

There has been a lot of things that I have read to my children and have them read to me, but these are my favorite for this age, and early reading stages.

Teach Them About Creation Early

Stories of Creation, Adam and Eve and Noah's ark are more than just Sunday school stories. They are the foundation of the Christian faith that is being attacked and forgotten in our culture today.  The earlier the children learn about these aspects of the Bible, the stronger their faith will be, but you must continue on this learning especially in the middle and high school years.

Those who do not focus on their children understanding this part of the Christian faith can easily cause their children to fall pry to the evolutionist and atheist views of college professors.

Memorize Scripture

Memorizing Scripture is really important to a strong faith for any age. The more a child memorizes the more likely their faith will get stronger and stronger as they grow. I recommend these top 10 verses for families to memorize together.

Demonstrate Your Faith Daily

Children learn best when having the example of what it means to have strong faith played out in front of them. Recognizing when you are wrong, asking forgiveness for those around you and from God, and memorizing scripture are perfect ways to walk the talk for your children.

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How to Implement Book Time for Toddlers


Book time has always been an important part of our home routines.  All four of our children have had a time when ‘quiet' book time was a required part of the day.  This usually became obvious during the two-five years of age when the child seems to go from one thing to the next and I needed a time to refresh. I know how beneficial this time has been for my children, so I wanted to help you learn how to implement book time for toddlers.

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How to Implement Book Time for Toddlers

I needed quiet time in my afternoons, especially after my children stopped taking naps. I quickly found that quiet book time was the answer to my own need for some quiet time, and with a few important steps in place, it was easy to implement and my children all came to enjoy it.

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  • Create an area where the child can freely get books, with lots of pictures of animals, letters, numbers and children their age
  • Set a timer for 5-15 minutes (or less when first starting) and work your way up to 30 minutes – telling the child that when the alarm goes off their book time is done
  • Praise them for accomplishing the goal of ‘quiet' book time
  • Ask them what they learned in the book and give them some time to ‘tell' you what they looked at

Be sure to allow your child the opportunity to pick their own books, out of approved ones and be responsible for this time. Children as young as one will quickly learn to give their full attention to their books of their choice until they hear the timer. I always used this time to teach them how to pick up their books and put them where they belonged.

Here is what I did during the ‘quiet' book time:

  • Showers – oh the joy of a private shower
  • Dinners or other baking
  • Read a book myself
  • Other work
  • Talked with Daddy or a friend




I always found that when my children learned this important part of their day, they demonstrated key things that I contributed to these times. To learn more Why Toddlers Need Book Time, read my post…

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Why Toddlers Need Book Time

Long before we decided to homeschool, we ensured that our first child has plenty of books at her disposal at any time of the day. I'm not sure why I made that conscious effort to secure many different kinds of book all those years ago, but the benefits that I saw made me realize why toddlers need book time, too, and why I stick by it.

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Why Toddlers Need Book Time

As I was expecting our first child, all those many years ago, I knew that a bookshelf was going to be a permanent fixture in our home, and I have held to it more than 20 years. I have had the books cleaned off in matter of seconds, and the job of putting them back up again and again, but I knew that these books at my children disposal was very important, long before the proof showed up in the pudding.

When I found out I was expecting our fourth child, almost seven years ago, I headed to yard sales and used sales to replace the board books, and toddler selections for my shelves after I had given them all away to my nieces and nephews.

This is a picture of our youngest when he was just two, and very much loving the ability to have book time any time of the day.

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Over these years, I have learned so much about the benefits just by watching my four children fill their days with all kinds of books, and here is what I learned.

Part of Learning

Book are everywhere and for most of their lives will be the source of much of their learning. Teaching toddlers to love books, being read to them and enjoyed on their own at an early age will give them a head start in this part of learning. Giving them books that have alphabets, numbers, colors, shapes, people, animals, flowers, plants and things that they see in their daily lives in and out of the house, will build their knowledge and help with the beginning stages to reading.

Builds Independent Creativity

Books are where ideas comes from, which is really important to building independent creativity in them. The kinds of books that will help with this will have people (children and adults) doing things, like building with blocks, playing with puppets, riding bikes, drawing, fixing cars, cooking dinner, grocery shopping or playing with others. Children learn through the ideas that are displayed before them and when they see something that sparks their imagination, they then can turn that idea into independent creativity by emulating what they see in the books. They already do this with what they hear and see others doing within their home, out of the house and on television.

Creates Motivated Learners

When they gather ideas from books and their creativity beings to flourish, it is then that motivation is created. They will then be inspired to practice new ideas that they have on their own or will begin to be interested in other things because they have found out they exist. I love allowing my children to browse sections of the library to see what sparks new ideas that become the things that motivate them.

It is these reasons why we should incorporate book time into our toddler's days.  I would also encourage you to have an area of books that they can use at any time of the day and encourage them to spend a few minutes looking at books of their own.  My children have always loved having their own book time.

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How to Build Patience in the Formative Years

If you have a little one in your home, you know that patience is not something that comes naturally for them.  They have been trained from birth that when they needed or wanted something that it was provided quickly. No wonder that patience in toddlers and preschoolers is a character trait that is lacking. However, it is important to build patience in the formative years, and this post will help you learn how.

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How to Build Patience in the Formative Years:

These are things that we have used to train our children in the habit of patience. What is really important, and humorous, for this character trait to take place in our children is for the ability for parents to demonstrate patience as well.

    • Build their ability to wait – As our children get around two or three years old, there is a shift in things that they desire and demand from us.  It is around this age that we begin to have them wait.
    • Introduce the concept of time – Start introducing things that part of their normal routine that they have to wait for. “Daddy will be home in a few minutes… in an hour”; “Church is in 3 days”; “You get a cookie after you finish dinner”. The more they have the concept of time, and having to wait for things, the more patience is being built.
    • Demonstrate Self Control – When patience is difficult, we require our young children to sit with their hands folded, which is known as ‘self-control‘ in our home. This also gives them the ability to calm down and relax a little bit to gain some focus on the ability to being patience.
    • Do activities that require patience – Having a child learn that patience is required for much of our daily activity, can really make learning this character trait easier. A few activities that have helped a lot when learning patience are baking cookies, make ice cubes, planting flowers and boiling water. The more they learn about the process of time to learn something, the more they will be patient when they learn how to ride a bike, read or learn to form letters.
    • Make Patience a part of your vocabulary – The more you speak about patience in toddlers and preschoolers the more they will grab the understanding of what it means.  “You only need to be patient a little longer and Daddy will be home”; “Be patient for a few more minutes and you can enjoy one of the cookies we made”; “While you are patiently waiting for the ice cubes, why not look at some books“.
    • Praise every progress – Little ones just love hearing praises for even the smallest things that they are learning. Encouragement for even patiently waiting for 2 minutes will result in increased patience the next time it is required.  You can't over use praise!

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