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Counting Game for Toddlers

This guest post is from Jessica at a website that focuses on providing learning resources and content for parents and educators of children from preschool to high school.

This counting game called higher or lower is a great one for younger kids that are just learning their numbers. Ray and I played it the other day and he started to get so excited when he got the right answer and really started to look at the numbers and tried to remember what order they went in. He was so excited to count the suits on the cards and to look at and play with the cards. I think that this is a great game to keep your kids entertained and is perfect for traveling to different places since all you need is a deck of cards. If you like this game definitely check out for some more activities and games that your kids will love.

Activity: Higher or Lower

As your child learns to count and recognize numbers, learning sequential order will soon follow. As they begin to recognize numbers, they’ll be able to understand the concept of “higher” and “lower”, and which numbers come before which. Higher or Lower is a great game to help your child practice recognizing the order of numbers. It is not only simple and fun, but it can be a great way to pass the time when you are waiting in line, in the car, or at the doctor’s office.

What You Need:

•Deck of playing cards

What You Do:

  1. Pull out the Ace through 10 cards of one suit.
  2. Shuffle up the cards so they are not in order “one” through ten.
  3. Hold up a card so your child can see the front of the card.
  4. Ask your child what the number is on the card. If she isn’t sure, let her count the number of suits on the card.
  5. Hold up a second card, and ask her if the second card is higher or lower than the first card. If she’s not sure, let her count the number of suits on each card. When she gets the correct answer, congratulate her.
  6. Set the first card down and hold up a third card next to the second card.
  7. Ask her if the third card is higher or lower than the second card. When she gets the right answer, encourage her to celebrate and clap for a job well done.
  8. Continue on through the cards until they have guessed higher or lower for all 10 cards.

Once your child has played a couple of times and understands the game, you can time her going through the ten cards, and then encourage her to try to beat her own time. You can also invite a friend or relative of the her same age to join in and make it a game. Put a bell between the kids, and the first one to ring the bell and answer higher or lower correctly wins that round.

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