I taught my daughter to count to 3 with this nursery rhyme song.
I used finger play to act out the song for her.
I'm a firm believer in finger play.
As a teacher and a mother, I find toddlers and preschoolers just love putting their little fingers in motion.
It's also really great for enhancing language development and memory.
Here's what I would do:
Three little ducks went out one day (wiggle 3 fingers)
Over the hills (make "hilly" motion with hand)
and far away (shield eyes as if looking out to sea)
Mother duck said "Quack, Quack, Quack" ("quack with hand as if a puppet)
But only two little ducks came back! (show 2 fingers)
Two little ducks went out one day...
One little duck...
But NONE of the three ducks came back!
Sad Mother duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Sad Mother duck said "Quack, Quack, Quack"
And ALL the little ducks came back!
My kids love to color.
I'm pretty sure yours probably do too!
So, I'm including a 3 little ducks coloring page for you and your child.
I'm also including a mad lib that is just perfect for preschoolers!
It's Time To Learn, Laugh, Sing & Grow!