Toddler Programs Chapter

Wild About Counting

Books to Share

  • Alfie's 1 2 3 by Shirley Hughes.
  • Animal Antics from 1 to 10 by David Wojtowycz.
  • Count to Ten, PiggyWiggy! by Christyan and Diane Fox.
  • Look Whoo's Counting by Suse MacDonald.
  • 123 Yippie by Lisa Jahn-Clough.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Counting Kisses by Karen Katz.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen.
  • Let’s Count the Puppies by Katharine Kunhardt.
  • Rainbow Fish: Counting by Marcus Pfister.
  • Seven Stars More! by Kathy Mallat.

Bulletin Board

Use die cuts to create a variety of numbers in different colors. Cut the numbers in various sizes if dies are available. Mount them on the bulletin board with a caption that says “Kids Count!.”


Kids Count!

Use die cut numbers or any number pattern to create a nametag for each child.


123 Action

(Adapted by Shelly Lane)

One, two,

Touch your head (Place hands on your head)

Three, four

Hands on ears (Place hands on your ears)

Five, six

Hands on eyes (Place hands on your eyes)

Seven, eight

Hands on knees (Place hands on your knees)

Nine, ten

Hands in lap (Place hands in your lap)


Hot Cross Buns


Hot cross buns!

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot cross buns!

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe


One, two, buckle my shoe,

Three, four, shut the door,

Five, six, pick up sticks,

Seven, eight, lay them straight,

Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

Five Brown Teddies


Five brown teddies sitting on a wall,

Five brown teddies sitting on a wall,

If one brown teddy should accidentally fall,

There’d be four brown teddies sitting on a wall.

Four brown teddies…

Three brown teddies…

Two brown teddies.

One brown teddy …there’d be no brown teddies…

Sing “Four Red Apples” to the tune of “This Old Man.” The words are available in Piggyback Songs for Infants and Toddlers by Jean Warren.

Sing “Give It a Shakey-Shakey” to the tune of “The Hokey-Pokey.” The words are available in Sing a Song of Numbers by Jill Lustig and Jean Warren.

Audio Recordings

Play “1 2 3” on Waddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner.

Flannel Boards

Happy Birthday Fun!

Make a flannel board birthday cake and candles. Place the birthday cake without candles on the flannel board. Let the children take turns placing candles on the cake to signify different ages.


Wild Numbers

  • Cover stock
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Squeeze bottles

Precut numbers out of cover stock. Use a die cut if one is available. Prepare the Puff Paint just before the program. To make Puff Paint, mix equal amounts of flour, salt and water in a bowl. Pour into smaller containers and add a few drops of food coloring. Mix well. Pour each color into small squeeze bottles. Give each child a number and a squeeze bottle of Puff Paint. Or, put the Puff Paint into small paper cups and let the children apply it with a paintbrush. When the paint dries, it puffs up to create a textured number.


1 to 10 Activity Sheet

Create a 1 to 10 coloring and counting activity sheet for the children. Clip art such as those shown below, autos, and other shapes may be used to create the counting activity sheet. Give each child an activity sheet to color and take home.

Clip art box, plus signs, and flowers


Blue's Clues: 1, 2, 3 Time Activities.

Professional Resources

  • Piggyback Songs for Infants and Toddlers by Jean Warren.
  • Sing a Song of Numbers by Jill Lustig and Jean Warren.


Texas Reading Club 2005 Programming Manual / Go Wild...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011