DIY Counting Book and Thematic Unit for Preschoolers

This is a fun counting book to make with preschoolers. Large numerals and colorful pictures give this early counting book interest and readability. Make a counting book for the classroom, and provide materials so kids can make their own books for their book collection at home.

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A simple homemade counting book can inspire kids to 'read' and 'count'.

Kids will be proud to share their books with family and friends for story times.


supplies for homemade counting book


Supplies for homemade counting books


  • card stock
  • hole punch
  • ring closures
  • numbers
  • markers


 page 1 and 2 of counting book

pages of a homemade preschool counting book


Instructions for 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.

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

3. Cover the pages with clear contact paper for durability


DIY counting book for early learners




Here is a thematic unit for a week of activities.

Thematic unit: Numbers

Arts and 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.


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