Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Grey Rabbit's 1,2,3  by Alan Baker is a counting book that introduces the numbers 1 to 10.  It does so with softly drawn illustrations and a surprise at the turn of each page as we guess what it is that Grey Rabbit has made out of clay.

I like the connection of the rabbit making things to be counted. Math skills can be introduced and supported with physical activities.
Young children need to touch the items they are counting to understand what the numbers mean. It's a different skill than simply memorizing the sequence from 1 to 10, or even recognizing the written numerals.

Check out additional concept books by Alan Baker at your local independent bookseller or your local library.

Art/Fine Motor Extension Idea:
This is the best playdough recipe hands down. Make some today.
Use it to create "things" to count together as you touch them.

Playdough from the book, Mudworks, by MaryAnn Kohl

1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup salt
2 Tablespoon cream of tartar
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon oil, don't need it but it can make the dough nice
Food coloring, optional

Mix all ingredients except color in a saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixed and stiff.
Let it sit and cool, but it is fun to work with slightly warm playdough.
Store new playdough in the fridge in an air tight container.

Optional Steps:
Divide dough into balls and knead color into dough.

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