Friday, November 1, 2013

Egg Carton Counting

Instead of throwing out our egg cartons after the eggs were gone I decided to keep a couple of them. I wanted to do some counting activities with Squirrel. This one isn't just great for counting but also a great activity for fine motor skills.

This was a really easy learning project to put together.

All you need is an egg carton, paper, marker and small objects for counting. We used pebbles, but you could also use colored gems, marbles, mini pom poms or even cereal.

I started by cutting out little circles and writing numbers on them 1-12. You could do 8-20, but the bigger numbers are more difficult because there is only so much room in each egg space for your counting object.

I put one number circle in each egg space counting from 1 to 12.

I then had Squirrel take pebbles from the bag, one at a time, and count them into the egg carton spaces.

After doing this once I took out the numbers, mixed them up, and put them back in out of order.

Variations of this game would be to use different colored papers and different colored counting pieces (colored rocks, pom poms, beads) to work on color recognition and color sorting.

Is this something your kids would enjoy? Do you have suggestions for other variations of this counting game?


  1. So easy and versatile! Thanks. I'm collecting preschool ideas for the distant future when my infant is ready. :)

  2. I'm going to try this game with my little girl. She's just started counting everything lately. Even the steps when we go up and down to get her big sister from the bus. I think this would be good to try a color game with also. Thanks for the idea.

  3. This is a cute idea! My 4 year old would love this. We could use buttons, stickers, all kinds of things :)

  4. This is a really cute idea. My son is approaching the time where I can start teaching him numbers and how to count. I'm so going to use this idea. Thanks.