Counting Song Cards

Counting Song Cards lesson plan

Songs, rhymes, and repetition help children keep engaged and make learning fun!

  • 1.

    Ask students and parents to donate recycled magazines for this lesson.

  • 2.

    Use recycled magazines to search for pictures that go with a number, such as a picture of five yellow ducklings. Adults use Crayola® Scissors to cut out the pictures.

  • 3.

    Provide students with a set of 5" x 8" index cards (approximately 10 cards each). Give each student a set of pictures. Ask students to glue one picture to the front of each card using a Crayola® Glue Stick. On the opposite side of the card, instruct students to write the digit that represents the number of animals in the picture on the front of the card. Students can use Crayola® Crayons to write the digits.

  • 4.

    Introduce the class to a counting song such as "Five Little Monkeys" or another familiar song. Have students practice the song several times. Investigate the Internet to see if there are any videos illustrating the song.

  • 5.

    Tell the class that you will be singing the class again. This time ask students to hold up the index card that represents the number of monkeys they are singing about. Encourage students to hold their cards high!

  • 6.

    Adapt this activity for each new song students learn. When developmentally ready, students can add the written word that represents each digit. For example, 10 = ten.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • MATH: Know number names and the count sequence.
  • MATH: Count to tell the number of objects.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Roar!: A Noisy Counting Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards; Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Palotta; Rainbow Fish Counting by Marcus Pfister
  • Challenge students in small groups to compose an original song about counting. Perhaps they can count down instead of up!
  • Reverse the activity! Ask students to write a number between one and ten on one side of each index card. Using Crayola® Markers or crayons, students use the opposite side of each index card to draw an illustration that represents the number. For example, the card with 5 = five could have 5 cat faces on the opposite side.