Our twin boys, Dayn and Lyan, are quickly approaching 3 years old and they are really interested in learning how to count. They are trying it out with toys, cows in the fields, trees outside and food on their plate. They don’t always get it right though.
I must say that they are the most interested in counting out of all of our boys at this age. Only our oldest was interested in learning how to read but had no interest in numbers. I can still remember telling him at the store how if he won’t behave that I wouldn’t teach him how to read when we got home (part of our daily routine). I can still hear the chuckles of the shoppers around me when he cried, “I want to learn to read!!!” Oh boy.
Dayn and Lyan are really enjoying incorporating learning into their play and one of their favourite games is hide and seek. I was sitting on the couch the other day watching Lyan as he hid a toy around the corner making it pretend to count while he hid another toy. He then had the counting toy announce, “Here I come!” and it began its search for the hiding toy. Very cute to watch and I loved watching him work on counting. Every now and then I would help him use the right numbers until I could tell that it was starting to get in the way of his play and let him carry on without my correction.
I like taking learning opportunities as they arise. Sometimes I will ask about the colours of things around them or on the clothes they’re wearing. We’ll try to describe a picture: What the people are doing, how someone might be feeling, what do they see…etc. Most importantly, we keep learning fun. It is fun for them to learn and it is fun to watch!