Flower Counting

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Flower Counting - Using flowers and cups with numbers on them kids can practice counting.

Not all activities need to be elaborate or even require much preparation.  Which is good because I am lazy.  We did a math activity where the girls practiced counting and one-to-one correspondence and the setup took about 3 minutes.   Did I mention I was lazy?

I used some leftover applesauce cups (I heart these things!  Save them!  They are great for sorting, filling, scooping, water play, sand play etc...) and some number stickers I had around.  You could easily use any kind of cups/containers and even masking tape with numbers written on it.  The key here is use what you have.  For instance, I make hair clips for the girls, so I have a variety of embellishments lying around.  I found these purple, pink and white flowers that I use on their clips, and put some in a small vase.  I got the vases at the dollar store and they are so festive that the girls always feel like something fun will happen when I bring them out.  But you can use cotton balls, pom poms, coins and any kind of container to hold them.  Again, use what you have.



I then demonstrated how they could take a flower from the vase and place one in the cup that had a number 1 on it, place two in the cup with the 2 and so forth.  A had no trouble doing this.  She carefully counted and placed the correct number flowers in all the cups.  One thing that bothered her, that I should have realized beforehand, was that when she finished, she had an extra flower leftover.  OK, remember the lazy thing?  That comes into play here.  Rather than making sure the girls had just enough flowers to fill their cups, I just dumped a bunch in the vase.  So poor A, who likes every loose end tied up, was not pleased with this extra flower.  My bad.  So when you do this, you might want to make sure to give them just enough flowers (items of your choice) to complete the task.


B is more of a free spirit.  She was just putting however many flowers she wanted in whatever cup.  This is fine too, but I wanted to see if she could perform the activity.  When I sat with her and directed her attention back she was able to do it, but then quickly returned to doing her own thing.  Why do I have a feeling this will be a continual theme in her life?


When the girls were done, I encouraged them to sort their flowers by color and they did that.  OK, A did that and B continued with her exploration of the flowers.  I think I could even do cups up to 10 next time though that would require us to eat more applesauce.  Ah, the sacrifices I make for my kids.


This idea was inspired by Growing Up Our Style and their multitude of flower activities.
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39 comments:

  1. What fun. My daughters are 14 and 15. I used to do that with them. And the foods and we would make smiley faced pizzas when they were very little. Enjoy, they still remember them and laugh about it.
    Denise
    http://beforeandafter50.blogspot.com

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  2. just thought of a fun one for you ...
    we used to take ice cube and cupcake trays and put little pieces of fruit, counted out in different colors add a little water flavored with lemon juice and freeze them once we were done for 'fancy' water later :)

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  3. You are clever and funny as usual.
    Have you noticed that I have become crafty?!
    I've been blogging about my recent creativity...
    Love you and your blog.
    X Meredith

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  4. Wow! There are so many wonderful craft ideas here. I'll be sure to try them out with my toddlers.

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  5. Oh, and am following you now on GFC as crazyme. Liked your FB page as well. ^_^

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  6. Denise,Thanks! One day I will have 14 and 15 year old daughters. I feel like they already have the attitude.

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  7. Nicole, We will have to try that. My girls love anything fancy!

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  8. Meredith my love! Thank you, crafty mama! XO and MISS you!

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  9. Olga, thank you, I hope they enjoy them.

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  10. This blog is fantastic and LOVE the post!! I can't wait to try it. I got a 1 and 2 yr old, so it may be more of a cup BANGING experience (especially for the Honeydew..) but I don't think it's ever too early to start, lol!!

    New follower from VB!
    Jackie
    http://sahmcity.com

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  11. I love activities like this!
    I'd love for you to link this up at my blog hop today :)
    http://growingupgardner4.blogspot.com/2011/08/kidding-around-friday-link-party-818.html

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  12. Hi There! Following you back. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love this idea.. thanks for sharing.

    Your new bloggy friend,
    Angie
    www.littleinspiration.com

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  13. Returning the follow. LOVE your blog - you are so creative! This activity looks like tons of fun - even with the extra flower lol.

    Christina
    Spilled Milkshake

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  14. Just stopping by to return the follow! I love this idea! We are definitely going to be looking at homeschooling our little girl when the time comes. Activities like this are a blast!

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  15. thanks for the follow, i'm a follower too, love your background sooo cute!!!

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  16. Hiya, thx for commenting on my blog. Looks like your girls are having great fun!

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  17. I really love this idea. Thanks for sharing it. We have a bunch of little paper cups for the bathroom that we never use. This idea would be a perfect use for them. (I need to start saving yogurt and applesauce containers, I guess!)

    Enjoy your weekend!
    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

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  18. Jackie, thank you. I am now following you back! Let me know how it works with the 1 and 2 year old.

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  19. Mrs. G, thanks I will check it out.

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  20. Angie, Thanks! It was a fun project to do.

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  21. Christina, thanks so much. I'll need to be more careful in the future or my kids will not let me hear the end of it.

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  22. Mary, thanks! There are many wonderful activities that can be done at home.

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  23. Isil, thank you for stopping by here.

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  24. LaVonne, thanks. Yes, those cups would be perfect and you can use them for so many other fun things.

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  25. I LOVE this activity, and how you used the apple sauce cups! I'm so happy you stopped by my blog, thank you! I'm not following your fantastic blog. :)

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  26. Very cute idea- and I love the way you recycled! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment. Stop by anytime!
    ~SortaSuperMom
    http://confessionsfromboystown.blogspot.com

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  27. Hey great activity! I'm following you back. Thanks for your comment. :o)

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  28. I love your blog, am a new follower stopping by from Lots of Lovin’ Weekend Blog Hop


    Briny
    http://soberchiclifestyle.blogspot.com

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  29. Mandi, thanks! We use them for everything in our house.

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  30. Sorta Super Mom, thanks for the visit!

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  31. Jamie, thanks, glad you liked it!

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  32. Briny, thanks for stopping by! I am a new follower as well.

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  33. Hi....I am one of your newest followers. Thanks for stopping by and visitng my blog. I love ths idea! Do you know how many appltsauce and/or fruit cups I throw out everyday?! well I am sure you do....I have never thought about using them for other things.....GREAT IDEA thanks so much. I am going to try this counting thing with my 3 year old and I love the paint idea also...so excited to find a cool new blog;)

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  34. How creative and lovely! I like to dabble a it when I have chance, you blog is great :0)

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  35. LOL how A got upset that you had an extra. Yep, I can see M having that same reaction. Gotta love it!

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  36. Jessica, thank you so much. Yogurt cups are good too, but I adore my applesauce cups!

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  37. Ms Expat, thanks for stopping in. I am new follower of yours as well.

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  38. Athena, Thanks! Funny that you can relate. :-)

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