This is not a sponsored post at all, just our experience.
(March 8th 2012, 30 months) We had been reading lots of numbers books, but oddly enough most of them were counting down (10 to 1) and I wanted him to be able to count up, so I pulled out a new version of Hi-Ho Cherry-O with 4 different fruits colors (cherries, oranges, blueberries and green apples), bonus for us we can work on colors!
We separated the colors, put them in the trees .I just refreshed my memory by a quick look at the rules (didn’t quite remember the bird and dog on the spinner) and off we were. I showed him how to spin the little spinner, which is super easy for little hands, sometimes it took a few tries but he got it. He recognized the numbers, which only goes up to 4 on the cherries on the spinner, so every time the spinner stopped (I made him spin for me too) I asked him how many cherries (or other fruit he had chosen) can you put in your basket and pointed at cherries on the spinner. He would tell me the number and I would tell him to put the same number of fruits in his basket. He didn’t really know how to count or in which order yet, he didn’t grasp the concept to well yet, so I told him to take one at a time and we counted together, he LOVED it!
We played for a good hour, which as you know is an eternity in toddler time. It helped him greatly with numbers going up. The spinner helped him a lot with his fine dexterity, as well as the fruits, those things are small! We played for several days in a row, several times a day, more or less time every time. After a while I put it away since the interest was lost. 4 months later he pulled it out again but this time he was able to count up to four and link the number of cherries on the spinner to the number of fruits to put in his basket Now we are working on counting higher.
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