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For especially young and restless kids, I find the more they're moving, the better they learn.
For my 2 year olds, I taught counting with a simple alteration of the "duck, duck, goose" game.
It's easy: The children sit in a circle. I usually go first so they can see the way it works. I stand up, and put my hand on the head of the child to my right. "one." I move to the next child. "two." when I get to the third child and say "three" that child has to stand up and chase me around the circle. If they do not tag me before I sit down, they are up next. This can take as little or as much time as you want, and I've done it with numbers 1-3, 1-5, and 1-10. They always have a good time, and if you have them all count together it's very exciting and a good way to get them talking.

Liangxiang, China

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