It is very important to incorporate mathematics at a very early age so kids could build a solid foundation for future math learning such as geometry, algebra and calculus. Counting is the most basic mathematical skill, which is the act of determining the number of elements in a collection of objects. Learning to count is the very first step of a child into mathematics, and it lays the foundation for understanding mathematics. Parents could help kids gain their early experiences on counting skills.
By age 3, most kids are able to count to 5, and some of them can accurately count up to 20. When teaching counting, parents or teachers often use common objects as the visual representations of numbers. These objects could be apples, cookies, etc. Fingers work the same way, and have the advantage of almost always being available for practice. Engaging kids in such visual and enjoyable activities can help them easily understand abstract math concepts. Through practising, kids will understand that numbers work as a concept of quantity which could be applied on various objects.
After children master counting from 1 to 5, they should move on to learn to count higher values. This worksheet shows how to count from 6 to 10, corresponding with a group of objects (apples) and also finger gestures. This can be used to help kids practise their counting skills, accompanied with real objects to aid their comprehension.