The child will recognize written numbers 1 to 9 and use one-to-one correspondence to count out the correct number of items
Before beginning the activity, use the markers to draw large dots (about the size of a quarter) on nine sheets of paper. For example, draw one dot on one piece of paper and write “1” at the top, draw two dots on another and write “2” at the top, then draw three dots on another and write “3” at the top, and so on up to nine.
Next, explain to your child that you will be counting and placing the objects onto the dots. For example, say, “Today, we are going to play a counting game with these papers and our toys. We have a different number of dots on each paper.” Point out to your child that each paper has some dots and a written numeral that matches that number of dots.
Pick one paper and begin by saying, “Now let’s see if we can put one car on each dot and see how many there are.” Model this activity for your child. For example, if you’ve chosen the four-dot card, point to the 4 at the top of the paper and say, “This is the number 4.” Then place four matchbox cars on the four dots saying, “One” as you drive and park the first car on a dot, then “Two” as you park the second car on a dot, and so on. Work together with your child to continue with the other cards. If your child can guess the number of dots based on “reading” the written number, that’s great! If not, you can help him count the dots, and then point out the written number.