Counting Shells

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My three year old started engaging in this math learning experience before I was even done thinking through the activity.  I had just printed out and cut-up these number cards and had set them down on the table next to the shells, so that I could make lunch. The next thing I knew, she had almost completed the activity of matching the correct number of shells to the correct number card.

This learning experience helps to solidify one-to-one correspondence, number recognition and counting skills.  I plan to rotate the items for counting, one day it could be rocks in a bucket and the next day beads in a jar…

We would love to hear about your counting adventures!

Resources & Materials

Number Cards (printable)
Sequencing Shells
More Counting Activities


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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