Counting by the Squares – All-Purpose Counting Board

Here’s an idea I’ve been throwing around for a while.  I wanted a board for Noah to use to help him grasp the concept of numbers increasing in value as you move up the number line.  A horizontal progression doesn’t seem to capture the essence, so I thought I’d try a vertical number line.  You can actually use this board either way.

Counting Board pdf
Counting Board pdf

Process:  Counting Board

Supplies Needed: 

  1. Counting Board printout (laminate or print on cardstock if desired)
  2. 15 small objects for counting (buttons, marshmallows, poker chips, etc.)

Process:  Have your child place one object on the 1 square.  Count outloud, “One.”  Now, move over to the box on the right of the 1.  Have your child place one object in that square and one object in the 2 square above it.  Count the objects from bottom to top, “One, two.”  Continue in this fashion until your child has worked his way up to five.  For reinforcement, now go back and say the numbers “1, 2, 3, 4, 5,” only pointing to the squares with numbers in them.

If you prefer a horizontal progression, follow the same technique, but move up the page rather than to the right.

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