One book that my daughter has me read every single time we have class is the Dorling Kindersley Book, The Lifesize Animal Counting Book. My little wood sprite adores life-size animal books; we are always checking them out at the library, and we even own one. Well, I stand corrected; we now own two, since she begged me to buy her a copy of the counting book I just mentioned!
The book is a great tool for children—particularly animal loving children—to learn to count, but it’s also very visually stimulating because each page features a wide, two-page spread of the life-sized animal pictured, along with the number of animals pictured. For example, the first photo is of a baby gorilla with an empty vine of grapes. It reads “1—One—One greedy gorilla.” It is a very high quality photo, with the baby gorilla taking up almost the entire space. The other pages follow with more favorite animals—cats, puppies, tortoises, owls, bunnies, etc. The page of six furry kittens is my daughter’s favorite, since on e of them looks exactly like our kitten, Luna. I think this is the page that really made her fall in love with the book.
The end of the book even features a wide assortment of bugs—mostly spiders and various beetles—for children to count to 100. Kids can sort the bugs, find the spiders, name the beetles, or whatever they’d like to do. You can also work on color identification skills with the book quite easily. My daughter has already mastered these skills, but I see no harm in letting her enjoy these huge photo books with their engaging animals. Sometimes she even comes up with a new story for each animal, which is fun to hear her tell. You can get the book for mere pennies if you buy it used somewhere—at eBay, for example.