Rote counting is simply reciting numbers sequentially without actually counting anything. For example, when you ask your Lil’ to count to 10 and they do, that is rote counting since they are not associating those numbers with anything. This is a needed skill in math, but not one that I focus on simply because counting can be incorporated in so many other activities that are more meaningful. We rarely practice rote counting (saying our numbers in order for no apparent reason) unless we are counting things.
With that said, today’s activity is more of a focus on counting using visuals with the numbers printed on them. This will help your Lil’ visualize one number’s relation to another. For instance, you can see on a number line that 2 is three spaces from 5. This helps develop number sense.
Our String of Jingle Lights are the perfect opportunity to work on this skill!
Lil’ Explorers grab a FREE copy of the Jingle Lights Number String Template HERE.
Lil’ Creators grab a FREE copy of the Jingle Lights Number String Template HERE.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

• Count from 0-10
• Understand values of numbers 0-10

Fine Motor Skills

• Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
• Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

• Count from 0-20
• Understand values of numbers 0-20

Fine Motor Skills

• Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
• Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

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##### Step #1

Print and cut out the Jingle Lights Number String Template.

Lil’ Creators trace the numbers on the Jingle Lights.
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Use clothes pins to pin all the lights on a string in order.
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Once your Lil’ has put all the lights on in order, try removing 2-4 lights and having your Lil’ put them back where they belong.