Preschool Counting Book Craft and Math Unit

Beginning counting is fun and easy with a homemade counting book. Large numerals and colorful pictures give this little book its interest and readability.

easy to make counting book for toddlers and preschoolers

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Kids can practice early counting with this simple homemade picture book. Your preschooler will be proud to share reading time with family and friends with a special kid-made book.

Books they make themselves will inspire kids to want to 'read' and 'count'. The pictures you choose together, and the text you include in the book, should reflect the skill level and interests of your early learner. 

Parents and teachers can make a counting book to display in the classroom; kids can make their own books to display on the book shelf at home.

To extend this book making project, a week of activities for a math theme is included in the themed unit at the end of the post. Make counting books at craft time as part of your weekly schedule.


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DIY counting book

This little book is simply made with cardstock pages, and colorful pictures cut from books or magazines. Include as many pages as you like to support preschool math skills.


Supplies for homemade counting book



Materials list

  • card stock
  • markers

Pages in a homemade beginning counting book


1. Cut pages from card stock. The pages in the photos measure 7 ½ in. (19 cm) square.

2. Glue colorful pictures, or stickers, and large numerals to each page.


Colorful book pages promote early counting


3. Print the words clearly. You can pencil the letters onto the page using a stencil, then outline the letters with a marker.

4. Cover the pages with clear contact paper for durability.


Homemade counting book preschool activity



Counting Thematic Unit

(Using our A.B.C. Method for planning preschool programs)

A = Activities

1. Finger Plays

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

1 Potato, 2 Potato

1, 2 Buckle My Shoe

Hickory Dickory Dock

2 Little Black Birds Sitting on a Hill


2. Songs

The Ants Go Marching One by One

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Alice the Camel Has Five Humps

Six Little Ducks That I Once Knew

Way Up High in a Tree 5 Red Apples


B= Books

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Ten Little Ladybugs

Discover where all the ladybugs are going in a fun, surprise ending.


Bear Counts

Kids will love counting with Bear.


Spot Can Count

Help Spot count things on the farm.


On the Launch Pad

Countdown to blast off into outer space!


My Very First Book of Numbers

Familiar images adorn a counting book by this popular author.


C= Crafts

Make counting books. 

  • Monday – complete page “1” - hole punch and add the rings.
  • Tuesday – complete page “2” - add to the book.

Continue each day of the week until the desired number of pages has been added to the book.

  • Decorate the covers.


Counting book preschool math activity


 Preschool Math Games

Math play for preschool and kindergarten


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