First 5 Years

1-2-3...Let's Count!

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, 1-2-3...Let's Count!, female toddler counting with abacus

Let's count together with rhymes, songs, and picture books.

 




Babies

Book Jacket: 1,2,3 Count With me1, 2, 3 Count With Me
by Naomi Kleinberg; illustrated by Christopher Moroney
ISBN: 0375832270
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Rhyme: "This Little Pig"
 
This little pig went to market, (touch baby's thumb)
And this little pig stayed at home, (touch baby’s index finger)
And this little pig had roast beef, (touch baby’s middle finger)
And this little pig had none, (touch baby’s fourth finger)
And this little pig cried "wee, wee, wee" (touch baby’s pinky finger)
All the way home!  

Toddlers

Book Jacket: 1 2 3 CityCity 1 2 3
by Zoran Milich
ISBN: 1553375408
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Rhyme: "1-2-3-4-5! Once I caught a Fish Alive!"
 
1-2-3-4-5... (count the fingers of one hand)
Once I caught a fish alive! (move your left hand like a fish "catch" your left hand with your right hand)
6-7-8-9-10...  
Then I let him go again! (open your hands and let the "fish" go)
Why did you let him go?  
Because he bit my finger so! (make a snapping motion with one hand)
Which finger did he bite?  
This little finger on my right! (hold up your right pinky)

Preschoolers

Book Jacket: Chicka 1, 2, 3.Chicka chicka 1, 2, 3
by Bill Martin
ISBN: 1415551804
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Rhyme: "5 Little Monkey Swinging in a Tree"
 
5 little monkeys, (hold up 5 fingers)
Swinging in a tree, (swing your fingers from side to side)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, (poke your fingers like you’re teasing someone)
"You can’t catch me!"  
Along came Mr. Crocodile, (make swimming motion with hands)
As quiet as can be, (say in a whisper)
And SNAPPED that monkey  
Out of that tree! (make snapping motion with hands)
   
4 little monkeys, (hold up 4 fingers)
Swinging in a tree, (swing your fingers from side to side)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, (poke your fingers like you’re teasing someone)
"You can’t catch me!"  
Along came Mr. Crocodile, (make swimming motion with hands)
As quiet as can be, (say in a whisper)
And SNAPPED that monkey  
Out of that tree! (make snapping motion with hands)
   
Continue counting down until there are no monkeys left.