Counting Craze

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In this activity, learners practice counting objects found on patterned wrapping paper or fabric. Repeated experiences with counting will help young learners understand that the last number they say when counting objects tells them "how many" objects in all.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Wrapping paper or fabric (Use a one foot piece that has a pattern of countable objects like an animal, birthday presents, etc.)
  • Counters (beans, coins, or similar object will work)


  • Mathematics
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • , Children's Museum of Houston, 2011