# Counting Activities with "1, 2, 3 to the Zoo"

A terrific way to introduce counting activities to the class is to read, 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle.

His beautiful picture books have the qualities required for preschool and kindergarten children.

In this story, brightly colored animals are riding on a train to their new homes at the zoo one elephant, two hippos, three giraffes, all the way up to ten birds.

## "1, 2, 3 to the Zoo" Counting Activities

### Teach

• rectangles
• counting
• number sets
• ordinal numbers

### Materials

• Background Paper - Cut 12" x 18" white paper in half lengthwise and then tape or glue the two pieces together
• Train pieces - Cut 9" x 12" colored construction paper into six 6" x 3" pieces to create

### Train Picture1

• When you demonstrate this counting activity, show the children how to leave a space for wheels and a space between each rectangle when they glue their train pieces on to the paper.
• The children draw animals in each train piece and print the corresponding numeral on their train to create their own number picture.

### Sequenced Train Picture 2

• If you prefer to have the children sequence the animals in the trains, demonstrate the following.
• Show the children how to make one train piece at a time as they follow along.
• Start with one animal in the first train until you get to five animals in the last train.
• You may want to use the step-by-step drawing method depending on the drawing confidence of your students. Eric Carle's illustrations are a great inspiration for animal drawings.

### Train Picture sets

• Children benefit from counting activities that have them create many of the same number set.
• Have them glue stickers on each train and then print the corresponding number above the train.
• This is an open ended activity. One child may practice with sets of 4, while another student can build sets of 3.

### Teach ordinal numbers

• Use the terms first, second, third, fourth and fifth when asking children to share about their pictures. "Tell me about the animals in your second train."

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