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# Touch and Count: The Fun Way to Improve Numeracy Skills with the Touch Counting Method!

## Introduction:

Welcome to Touch and Count, an exciting game that helps students develop their counting skills using the touch counting method. By playing this game, students will become more confident in their ability to count to three using manipulatives and the touch counting method. This skill is essential for early math development and can help students build a strong foundation for future math concepts. Get ready to have fun while improving your numeracy skills!

### Playing Touch and Count can have several academic benefits for students, including:

Developing Counting Skills: The game reinforces the concept of counting to three using the touch counting method. By playing this game, students can strengthen their counting skills and learn to apply this method to larger numbers.

Improving Fine Motor Skills: The use of small manipulatives in the game helps students develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Promoting Numeracy: The game encourages students to think about numbers and how they relate to each other. Through the use of manipulatives and the touch counting method, students can develop a deeper understanding of the concept of number.

Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills: The game provides opportunities for students to think strategically and develop problem-solving skills. They must determine the best way to use their manipulatives to count to three using the touch counting method.

Overall, Touch and Count is an excellent way to make numeracy practice more fun and engaging for students. It promotes critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, all of which are essential for academic success in math and other subjects.

Game: Touch and Count

Objective: To reinforce the concept of counting to three using the touch counting method.

Materials: Counting mats (one for each player), Small manipulatives (such as buttons, pom-poms, or beads), Timer (optional)

Instructions:

1. Divide the class into pairs.

2. Provide each pair with a counting mat and a set of small manipulatives.

3. Instruct each player to place their manipulatives on their counting mat and touch each one while counting "one, two, three" using the touch counting method.

4. Using the touch counting method, the first player to correctly count to three wins a point.

5. Play several rounds until each player has had a chance to be the first to count to three.

6. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

7. (Optional) Use a timer to add a time limit to each round.

Variations:

1. Increase the difficulty by adding more dots or circles to the counting mat.

2. Have players take turns adding one more manipulative to their set and counting to the new number using the touch counting method.

3. Instead of using counting mats, have players use their fingers to touch and count the manipulatives.

4. Play a cooperative version of the game where players work together to count to three using the touch counting method as quickly as possible.

5. Use a larger group setting and have teams compete against each other to see which team can count to three using the touch counting method the fastest.

Touch and Count is a great game to help students develop their counting skills using the touch counting method. To use this game in your classroom, check out the full lesson plan and other teaching resources in the Early Math category. Click here to access these valuable resources and enhance your students' numeracy and problem-solving abilities today!

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