Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Early Literacy 19: Counting Cookies

I made this Counting Cookies activity for the Early Literacy Fair. My kids also love playing with the cookies, especially when I play with them, which is the whole point of the game. I made the cookies out of two circle felt pieces and I sewed them together on my machine. I put on chocolate chips with some brown puff paint. A co-worker gave me an empty pretzel jar from Costco and voila, my cookie activity was done. As a finishing touch, I added a Cookie Monster stuffed animal my kids hardly played with, until now. They love stuffing the cookies in his mouth while I talk in a Cookie Monster voice and count how many they can cram in there.

The goal of the game is to count the chocolate chips on the cookies and count the cookies as you put them into the jar or Cookie Monster's mouth. You can also chant "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" and blame it on Cookie Monster at the end. This was super fun and easy to put together. I only have 10 cookies right now, but I might add more when my younger one gets a little older. We can focus on vocabulary, counting and phonological awareness all at the same time. It is also really great for helping my kids practice taking turns and waiting for the other person to put the cookie into Cookie Monster's mouth before they get a chance to do it too.

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