1,2,3, Counting

The stories and rhymes in this week’s blog all include counting.
Learning basic maths skills while young can give children a more positive attitude toward maths when they start school. Not only that, but children love the chance to interact with you and show you how clever they are at something – and Counting is one of the easiest places to start.

Some of these stories count up, and some count down. It is important for children to understand how numbers can be used in different ways.


One fluffy Baa-Lamb, Ten Hairy Caterpillars by Nick Sharratt is a very colourful book with crazy and exciting pictures and print and lots of alliteration. The lambs count up at the same time as the caterpillars count down and it keeps kids interested with fun lift-the-flaps.

Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett makes for motivated reading time by keeping little one’s attention focused with big clear print, writing that moves around the page, interesting vocabulary to promote questions and discussion, and of course – lots of counting.

Six little chicks by Jez Alborough is a sweet story about mother chicken trying to watch out for all her little chicks while also trying to hatch her last egg (most parents will understand the pain of being pulled in multiple directions!). The story has beautiful language and rhyme along with the sounds that animals make and regular repetitive counting to help little ones learn their first numbers.

Make counting with your child a fun activity that you use everyday at home or out and about; shopping or at the park. Making early maths a positive experience will help them to be confident at maths when they start school!


1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive

Five little ducks went out one day

Five little ducks,
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…

One little duck,
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck,
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Sad mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five 5 little ducks came back.

Craft – Counting hand

Directions: Draw a hand on a piece of card. Cut it out. Use scrunched up pieces of crepe paper to stick to each finger. 1 on the thumb, 2 on the pointer and so on. You can then colour in or decorate your hand and stick a popstick or stiff straw to the back to hold up your hand!