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Easy as 1, 2, 3








We’re returning to these resources with my 5-year-old. The books, films, and games listed here help develop number recognition, counting skills, and an understanding of basic mathematical operations. We use these stories in conjunction with coins, clocks, and small objects so early numeracy lessons are a balance between books and more tactile experiences. All of these skills build on years of counting and clapping songs to work toward a lifetime of mathematical literacy!

  1. Watch Sesame Street’s 1 2 3 Count with Me
  2. 1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker
  3. 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam and Bernie Karlin
  4. 100 Snowmen by Jen Arena and Stephen Gilpin
  5. 101 Dalmatians: A Counting Book by Fran Manushkin and Russell Hicks
  6. Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno
  7. Anno’s Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno
  8. Watch Scholastic’s Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and More Stories about Counting
  9. CountaBlock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo
  10. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  11. Watch Sesame Street’s Counting with Elmo
  12. The Crayons’ Book of Numbers by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  13. Play Learning Resources’ Dino Math Tracks
  14. Hello Kitty Hello Numbers! by Higashi Glaser
  15. How Much Is a Million? by David Schwartz and Steven Kellogg
  16. I Spy Numbers by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  17. Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon
  18. One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton
  19. Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
  20. The Three Little Pigs Count to 100 by Grace Maccarone and Pistacchio
  21. Play Mattel’s UNO