We checked out a great book from the library called Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: Lyle Walks the Dogs. Lyle the Crocodile has a new job walking dogs. On day 1 he walks one dog, on day 2 he walks two dogs, etc. On each page you are introduced to a new dog and asked to count them. The dogs have humorous names (like Scrappy and Sniffy) and distinct personalities (Scrappy does what he wants and Sniffy likes to sniff). Even after a squirrel encounter, Lyle manages to do an excellent job. Since my kids like crocodiles, dogs, and counting this one was a definite winner around here.
In the book, you actually count the dogs, but I took a little creative license here and made some crocodile clothes pins using green and black magic markers.
I made the crocodiles with either one spot, two spots, or three spots. I made a 1,2,3 card to go with it.
I told Drew that the crocodiles liked to eat the same number of spots that they had on their backs.
He did so well that I made it a bit more challenging by making a new card with more numbers and adding some spots to those crocs! This time I used a paint chip for the card. I would've chosen something other than brown, but that's what I had here.