In this activity, you will help your child practice counting skills, compare amounts by using objects, and understand the concepts of more and less.
Give your child three snack items (for example, crackers) and put one snack item in front of yourself. Ask her, “How many crackers do I have?” (Gently correct your child if she says the incorrect answer.) “How many crackers do you have?” (Gently correct your child if she says the incorrect answer. Then ask, “Who has more crackers?”
If your child doesn’t understand the word more, she may not answer you. If that happens, say, “Yes, you have more crackers!” Count the crackers for her: “You have 1, 2, 3 crackers. I only have 1.” Play a few more times with different variations of sets (1, 2, or 3 crackers in a set).
After she has mastered the concept of more, play the same game and ask who has less. Your child can eat each set of snacks after deciding who has more and who has less!