How Many Do I See?

  • To make quantities to 5
  • To count to 5

Classroom materials such as chairs, crayons, pencils, books

how many?

Literature Suggestion
Read Five Trucks by Brian Floca. As you read, help children count the trucks.

Teach children the "Five Little Fire Trucks" finger play, in which they start with a thumb on one hand folded into the palm and fingers folded over the thumb.
    1 little fire truck (thumb up)
    2 little fire trucks (index finger up)
    3 little fire trucks (middle finger up)
    4 little fire trucks (ring finger up)
    5 little fire trucks all in a row (pinkie finger up)
    Back to the fire station all of you go! (Thumb into palm with fingers folded over the thumb.)

Teacher Tip: Over time, ask children to show you individual numbers of little fire trucks on their fingers to help build number concepts.


  • Teach children to play a game called "I Spy." Model the game by saying, "I spy 3 chairs." Then go and touch 3 chairs while you count 1, 2, 3.
  • Continue the game, inviting children to touch and count items such as 5 chairs, 2 pencils, 3 crayons, 1 flag, 4 trucks, and 5 blocks.
Invite a child to be the one to say "I spy," and to check to see if another child correctly identifies and counts the items.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child easily counts classroom items to 5.
  • In Process - Child gets mixed up when counting beyond 2 or 3.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child does not count classroom items.

Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.

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