The results are in. Our team of educational experts have agreed to share their recommendations on the best counting toys for 2-3 year olds, and why. You can access the ultimate list at our online shop, but firstly let’s find out: what to look for in a good counting toy?
What to Look For in a Good Counting Toy for 2-3 Year Olds
Counting toys for 2-3 year olds can start challenging developmental skills, requiring more complex coordination and the use of fine motor skills to master. These will differ slightly from counting toys for toddlers, as mathematical literacy at this later age comes about through being exposed to concepts such as sorting, categorizing, measurement, estimation and pattern recognition which good counting toys can provide.
Counting toys that require placing coins in coin slot can keep a toddler captivated for a surprisingly long amount of time as they learn to develop the coordination required to drop the coins and make the toy sing, the Laugh and Learn Piggy Bank is a great example of this. Or satisfy their love of pressing buttons with the LeapFrog Chat and Count Smart Phone which sings out requests to identify certain numbers and press them for a musical reward.
Practical Learn to Count Tips for Parents
For practical learning, teach your toddler your cell phone number and home address. Measure their height and record it on the wall, ask them each time how much taller they’ve grown. Cook with them and measure the ingredients be weight, introduce them to time and distances by asking “how long does it take to get to”, and time how long it takes to achieve certain tasks like for the kettle to boil or for the toast to pop. An egg timer can be fun for this. Use a calendar, get them to sort the laundry into colors and whites, or socks and undies, or kids clothes and adult clothes.
Kids love mastering new concepts and you can help foster a love of learning and a love of math in particular in order to encourage early math skills so they don’t feel left behind once they start school. Counting toys and early math games for kids can help facilitate numerical literacy from an early age which sets up a solid foundation upon which all other math topics can be learned.
Best Counting Toys for 2-3 Year Olds in 2018
As voted by our consulted educators, here are just a few of what our learning experts deem to be the best counting toys for two to three year olds that can help facilitate early numerical literacy.
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