Preschool Math Activities with Homemade Counting Book

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.

Counting book preschool math activity

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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.

This little book is simply made with cardstock pages and colorful pictures cut from books or magazines.

DIY counting book

Kids can practice early counting with a homemade picture book. Include as many pages as you like to support preschool math skills.

A week of counting activities is included in the themed unit at the end of the post. 



Supplies for homemade counting book


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



Pages in a homemade beginning counting book


Colorful book pages promote early counting


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.

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



A Week of 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.



My Favorite Book of Numbers

Count robots, balloon and apples with numerals and large images.



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.



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