A couple weeks ago Reading Confetti posted a really neat idea on her blog. She and her son had been reading a book about counting called Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: Lyle Walks the Dogs which inspired a homemade counting game complete with crocodile decorated clothespins and matching of numbers. It looked so cute and yet educational that I have been dying to make my own version of the game since I laid eyes on it!
We don’t own the Lyle the Crocodile book, but we do have Eight Silly Monkeys!
My idea for a corresponding counting game isn’t as genius as Reading Confetti’s, but I think it worked well. Here it goes…
I made 8 clothespins into 8 silly monkeys. Then I designed 8 printable cards, each with a bed and pillows on each bed ranging from 1-8.
The idea is that each monkey needs to have a pillow to jump on the bed. I mixed up the cards and as we read each page of the book starting with “8 silly monkey’s jumping on the bed…”, I asked my son to find the card with 8 pillows. I quickly realized that since I numbered the beds, this was going to be too easy for him. So I decided to cover them up with a little flap.
He can now count the pillows (marking each one off with a monkey clothespin as he goes) and then check to see if he is correct by lifting the flap. This worked great! Especially since he frequently tends to re-count items he has already counted (i.e. the bed with 4 pillows he counts 1, 2, 3, 4, and then goes back to pillow one and counts it as 5).
If anyone is interested in the 8 printable bed cards HERE is the downloadable link!