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Teach your Baby: Numbers 123

Note to parents: Learn English with your baby. All underlined words are explained in EnglishChecker. To listen to audio, click the green arrow twice.

Read and Listen: New Words

  1. one
  2. two
  3. three
  4. four
  5. five

On my lap

  1. Put the baby on your lap.
  2. Listen to the new words.
  3. Hold up your fingers as the recording counts.
  4. Repeat using your voice.
  5. Point to the picture as you count.
  6. Ask your baby to count with you. Say: "Are you ready to count?"
  7. Count again with your fingers.
  8. Show excitement when he holds out his fingers or points at the numbers.
    Clap your hands and say:
    "That's right, numbers!"
    "1, 2, 3."
    "Let's count again!"

Song, Rhyme or Story time

The Honey Bee

Place your right index finger inside your left fist. Your finger is the honey bee. Your fist is the bee hive. After you sing up to five let the bee out to fly around. After you count back down make the bee buzz around and land under your baby's chin.

One two three four five,
The bee flew from his hive
Five, four, three, two, one.
His honey must be done.
Bzzzzzz

Five Little Piggies

5 pigs

Five little piggies jumping all about
One fell in the mud and dirtied his snout
Mama called to Daddy and she heard him shout
I'll be right there to pull him out

Four little piggies jumping all about
One fell in the mud and dirtied his snout
Mama called to Daddy and they heard him shout
I'll be right there to pull them out

Three little piggies jumping all about
One fell in the mud and dirtied his snout
Mama called to Daddy and they heard him shout
I'll be right there to pull them out

Two little piggies jumping all about
One fell in the mud and dirtied his snout
Mama called to Daddy and she heard him shout
I'll be right there to pull them out

One little piggy jumping all about
He fell in the mud and dirtied his snout
Mama called to Daddy and she heard him shout
I'll be right there to pull them out

No little piggies jumping all about
They're stuck in the mud and starting to pout
Mama called to Daddy and she heard him shout
They'll do it again, if I pull them out

Playtime

High Five

  1. Teach your baby how to give you a "high five".
  2. Hold your hand near your baby.
  3. Place her hand on yours and say: "high five".
  4. Spread your fingers out wide and count.
  5. Start with your thumb. Count your fingers slowly.
  6. Put one finger down at a time as your count.
  7. Repeat. Help her push your fingers down.
  8. Play the same counting game with toes. Try it on the diaper table. When your baby lifts her toes into the air give them a high five with your hand. Say: "High five. It's time to count your toes!"

Hide and Count

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  1. Gather five of one type of toy or household item (rings, balls, ducks, spoons).
  2. Hide the items in easy places.
  3. Count as you find them.
  4. Say: "Help Mommy find the balls."
  5. As you find a ball, place it in a basket or box.
  6. Count each time you place a toy in the box.
  7. Count 1-5 when all of the items are together.

Food Count

  1. Give your baby five small pieces of cheese or toast or fruit.
  2. Count the food together.
  3. Count as the baby eats the food.
  4. Repeat at each meal.

English Checker for Parents

index finger: the finger beside your thumb
fist: when all of your fingers are curled under into your hand
bee hive: place where a bee lives and works
dirtied: got dirt or mud on it
snout: the nose and mouth of a pig
shout: say really loudly
pout: make a sad face
gather: bring together into one group

More fun for Baby:

The following books are available new or used online. Type the titles and/or authors into a search engine to buy numbers books for your baby.

Books
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Baby 1, 2, 3 OR Counting Toes OR Count with me by DK Publishing
My First Book of Numbers by The Baby Einstein Company

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