We have also seen some number recognition. This is when a child can visually identify the number which we call the symbol. (We use the sandpaper numerals.)
We are working toward 1:1 correspondence. This is when a child can match the quantity to the symbol, for example, the number four with four items. Once a child understands this concept, they are able to begin the mathmatical operation of addition.
1-1 correspondence up to 5- this is a good place to begin with those just entering into this type of activity
another 1:1 correspondence game with a die
table top number rods
Montessori cards and counters, matching quantity and symbol.
If your child is interested in numbers, take a few pinecones or leaves and count them. In the beginning we may need to touch the object with our finger or four can become six. The children are used to rote counting which can go faster than the finger can move. If we stop on each one as we count, it reinforces the 1:1 correspondence. Use refridgerator magnets as numerals and count pieces of fruit in the kitchen. Place the number next to the amount. There are many different activities you can do to help your child learn this concept. As always, we never push the child to do work if they are not ready or interested. If they are showing you signs of readiness, count away!