How do I get my 4 year old to count


Vickie - posted on 02/23/2010




Start on small things, I started with both of my kids during play time, my son is very into trains so we would start with how many coal cars are with the train. This is also how we work on colors. What color is the car, or toy, how many cars are there. I started early with both my kids, but my 4 yr old son can count to 10 now and sometimes gets it right up to 20 but that is still a work in progress. For him he has no attention span to sit down and so work, most of his learning has been through play.

Hope this gives you some ideas, Good luck!


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Melissa - posted on 03/21/2011




I think it really depends on the child & the best way they learn....with my first child he would sit down & we could read & play games on the computer & other learning activites....HOWEVER my second child won't sit still for anything so...with her it's been learning through different during bath time count how many cups of water it takes to rinse her hair, when eating different snacks, counting them out, talking about shapes & colors of different things around us. Shows like Dora, Blues Clues and other shows that teach things are good too. Just find what works best for you child. Good Luck :)

Charlotte - posted on 03/19/2011




It's fine to wait until kindergarten. Some of the kids shows are also helpfulPost a reply!

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2010




Do you take them to the store? I had my kids count how many of anything we put in the cart, In the car count how many cars go past. If they get candy, like m&m's for each one they count that's how many they get,from the bag just make it a small bag. Do they have a piggy bank? If they count pennies that's how many they can put in their bank.

Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2010




hmmm... i started my kids on this much younger than 4. when they learnt to talk, at bedtime story time, i would ask them to point at various pictures on the page and then i would ask them how many there were -- obviously i didn't expect them to know, but i was introducing the concept. so they would say they didn't know i would count for them. then i progressed to them counting with me, and eventually at about 2 1/2 they were counting on their own.

i am sure the same approach would work even at this age. you can also get them involved in household chores that involve counting, such as laying the table -- how many people sit at the table, how many forks do we need? lets count the forks etc. my 3 year old is at this stage now.

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010




I had a hard time getting my son to count too. I was once told to have them count m&m's after they count they get to eat how much they counted. small marshmallows worked also, but i had a fall back he was satisfied counting to 12 every day. he was four then now that he is 6 he can count to hundred as long as he has the numbers in front of him.

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Books are always good. Just count objects (like Vickie said) when you are out and about. My 4 yr old can count very well, but I believe it is from her being with her 7 yr old brother. He teaches her a lot of stuff. The more you do it, the more they'll learn.

Danielle - posted on 02/23/2010




Sometimes I read counting books to my younger kids and they love helping me count everything on the page. I'll do it, then we'll do it together, then I'll let them try. Try and make it fun. Make a game out of it. Maybe like the match game or something. Match the # to the number of items. There are probably some ideas you can get on line. Good luck.

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