Need a simple, readymade counting activity NOW?! Click on this! This digital counting math activity for preschoolers couldn’t get much easier. Your little ones will get valuable practice counting, clicking, dragging, and naming numbers. It’s the perfect companion to the classic, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” book by Bill Martin, Jr.
Download Coconut Tree Counting Activities for Preschoolers and add it to your lesson plans today! Fun counting activities for preschoolers like this one ensure that learning important math skills is never dull and always interactive. I created the counting game download in three convenient versions so you can pick the one that works for you: Seesaw, Boom cards, and Google Slides.
Each slide features a coconut tree, a group of coconuts, one numeral, and the number word. Children will read the number, then drag the appropriate number of coconuts to the tree while counting them. Additionally, they can trace each numeral with their finger and “read” the number word.
Numbers and Counting for Preschoolers
Math concepts take root in the brain as young toddlers and preschoolers begin to count and recognize numbers and numerals. Typically, this begins very naturally as toddlers learn how old they are, how to show their age on their fingers, or as they play games with simple 1, 2, 3 countdowns.
As young learners begin to mature and grow into preschoolers, the foundation upon which all future math learning will rest starts to form.
Games, songs, books, poems, and other interactive play activities are the best ways to help young children learn to sequence and recognize numbers. Over time, they will develop the automaticity needed to branch off into more complex concepts like skip counting, counting backwards, adding, and subtracting.
As preschoolers work on counting fluency and number recognition, they can also work on creating groups of a specified number of objects. This provides hands-on manipulation to give abstract concepts like numbers greater meaning.
How to Use the Coconut Tree Digital Counting Activity
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Google Slides, Seesaw, or self-correcting Boom cards. When you clink on the link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re good to go.
In Google Slides, after clicking on the Slides link, click the blue button that says, “Make a Copy.” This ensures that you have your own copy of the slideshow.
In Slides, make sure you are in “Edit” mode, as opposed to “Present” mode. You will see the “Present” button in the upper right hand corner.
In Slides, just click on the number to highlight the box in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
In Seesaw, use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each number to move it.
Finally, if you choose self-correcting Boom cards, remember you must be connected to the Internet in order for the cards to work.
*If you want to extend the activity to pencil and paper, use the slides as free printables to print and laminate and use at the math center.
More Counting Books for Preschool
Board books are a brilliant way to tie early literacy learning with other content areas, like number recognition and counting skills! They allow children to read and count and play and laugh to learn the surprising answers presented to them.
- Ten Black Dots, by Donald Crews: This book pairs perfectly with subitizing dot cards. Share the story and count the dots on each page, then compare each illustration with the matching card.
- Zero the Hero Saves the Day, by Denise K. Savidge: Add this to your math book list now! It’s an engaging story focused on digits 0-9 and the childlike mystery of how to make the number ten.
- Train Leaves the Station, by Eve Merriam: The alphabet rhyme and rhythm of this simple counting prose creates magic for young eyes and ears.
- Chicka Chicka 1 2 3, by Bill Martin, Jr.: In this “sequel” to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the numbers 1- 99 come to life as they climb to the top of the coconut tree. Sadly, zero worries there won’t be a place for him. But when the numbers get driven out of the tree by bees, zero makes a heroic leap to the top to form the number 100.