Counting 'Til the Pigs Come Home

Counting 'Til the Pigs Come Home lesson plan

Animals and insects line up to be counted in painted scenes.

  • 1.

    Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. At the top of a piece of construction paper, students use Crayola® Washable Watercolors to a paint background scene, such as a farm, garden, or ocean. Leave space at the bottom for a description. Dry.

  • 2.

    Students imagine what kinds of creatures live in the setting, such as pigs on a farm, bugs in a garden, and fish in an ocean. On a separate sheet of paper, use Crayola Washable Markers to draw a set of creatures. Cut out each creature with Crayola Scissors.

  • 3.

    students count their creatures. Attach them to your dry watercolor scene with a Crayola Washable Glue Stick.

  • 4.

    With markers, students describe their scene using words and numerals. Exchange scenes with classmates to count and read each other's work.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • MATH: Understand place value.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • With the help of adults, small groups of students write stories, songs, or poems about their original scenes, incorporating counting as an integral element.
  • Encourage students to create a second scene that includes a different number of creatures.
  • Organize student artwork for the counting exercise into a class book. Students take turns bringing the book home to share with family members and practice their counting after school hours.