Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Fine Motor Activity, Math Activity, Montessori

DIY Counting Sticks – Preschool Math Activity 

Counting is a basic math skill which preschoolers need to master. It’s a strong foundation for advance math skills. Counting Sticks is a simple math activity for preschoolers which helps them learn counting, one to one corespondence & number recognition – Its perfect for busy bags. 😀

What you need

  • Jumbo Craftsticks
  • Tiny PomPoms
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Clothespin

How to

    • Glue the pompoms to the craftstick. The jumbo craftstick holds upto 12 tiny pompoms. For larger numbers you can use giant craftsticks or paint sticks.
    • You could also use buttons, stickers, beads, glitter glue dots – just anything which you can stick on the craftstick.
    • Write the corresponding numbers & letters on the clothespin using markers.
    • Let your kids count the number of pompoms on each stick and pin the corresponding clothespin to it.

    Miss A(3yrs) found this activity interesting. She liked running her fingers over each pompom and counting along. Then she matched the corresponding clothespin and clipped it to the craftstick. 😀 She did great with the counting, but had some difficulty in picking the right clothespin because the craftstick did not have the numbers on them. If i marked the numbers on the counting sticks she would have easily matched them to the clothespin. I did this intentionally because it let her work on her number recognition skills. After repeating it a couple of times she did them with ease👏. I didn’t want to overwhelm her, so we started with six sticks. You can vary depending on your kids ability.

    This activity is great for kids who rush through number sequences when counting and then get confused or frustrated. With these counting sticks they have to slow down and think about each number because they can physically feel each one as they count. 👍



      Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!!

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