I really like these "lollipops!" Although they are inedible, the counting resources can be. The inspiration for these came from a picture I saw on Pinterest. There were some construction paper rectangles folded in half with the number written on the front and a pipe cleaner attached to it. Easy enough concept. I wanted mine to be a little more versatile than that, so I wrote out the word on each and just had to make it cute!
Originally I thought we'd just use pony beads, but as soon as they were finished, My Princess said she was hungry. Suddenly I merged her desire for food with my desire for her to get some preschool done. Thus, Cheerios were used. Win win situation. We love those.
Anyway, I chose 4 random numbers for her to recognize and then string the correct number of Cheerios on. As I watched her, I thought, "You could extend this activity to include number order, patterns, skip counting. Wow! You could even use these to teach/reinforce addition or subtraction concepts." I love when you get more out of something than you thought you would.
You can find both a black and white template and a color template of this activity along with the directions and some of my educational ideas for it on my website. You can find the link on the left of this page.
Hope you enjoy!- Dari