counting with cotton balls


This activity is pretty straight forward. We have the sandpaper numerals (1-9), and a large glass jar of cotton balls. If you don’t have the wood sandpaper numerals, you can always write them out on some index cards with a marker. First of all, young kids love cotton balls. My daughter says they’re “cute” and “chubby”. I’ve placed them in a large glass jar with lid for added interest, and she also gets practice unscrewing the lid. Moving on…


Basically, count out the number of cotton balls to correlate with the number on the card. In the photo above you can see that we’ve also included tongs as a sub activity to improve fine motor skills. Also, my three-year-old has an auntie instructor helping out. Very often kids will want help, or not want to do a particular activity. That’s fine… you shouldn’t pressure your kid to do a certain activity, because it simply won’t work. But, if a kid is watching YOU do an activity, they’re learning almost as much as if they did it themselves. Activities should be encouraged to be participated in but it’s amazing how quick they want to jump in if you begin the activity yourself.


Having your child clean up and put away an activity after they’re done is very important. They will learn a greater respect for the materials, and a sense of structure. Through consistent reminders of cleaning up after each activity your child will begin to do it on their own as a natural process of the activity.

~Thanks for reading~


3 thoughts on “counting with cotton balls

  1. Pingback: Color Sorting and Counting with Mini Pom Poms! | Everyone Can Montessori

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