Why We Love It
Good counting books have objects that are easily counted without other distractions. 1 to 20 Animals Aplenty has detailed illustrations of quirky animals coupled with rhyming or near-rhyming descriptions. This version goes all the way to 20, a bonus for preschoolers who usually touch and say as they count and may be ready for numbers greater than ten.
- Visit some of the animals mentioned if possible or show your child videos of these animals in their native habitats such as these from National Geographic.
- Make up more rhymes for other animals. Start with simpler, easily rhymed animals like cats, bats, fish or snakes.
- Play simple rhyming games with your child. Say two words and teach them how to give a thumbs up if it rhymes or a thumbs down if it does not. Rhyming is a useful pre-reading skill, which develops gradually with practice.
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- Each Orange Had 8 Slices by Giganti Paul
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss