“Numbers–the letters of math.”
I thought I would share some of my favorite stories to do for a number storytime!
My go-to number book for a few years now has been “5 Stinky Socks” by Jim Benton. I think it flew under most people’s radar, but it’s hilarious! I do this one as a flannel, and it’s great to count the socks between pages. The monster also does gross things with his socks, like wash dirty dishes and pulls them out of a garage can. So I bring some props up with me, like a dish from the break room and my trash can, and all the kids give a big “Ewwwww!” sound. It really is the best way to learn.
My new favorite is “Stack the Cats” by Susie Ghahremani. Books that count from 1-10 are usually too boring for my group of kiddos, but this one is great since we can break larger numbers down into groups of 3. And she makes the larger numbers interesting, like “4 cats teeter, 5 cats totter” so instead of just counting again we can do an action, like pretending to fall over. I don’t know if there’s any other picture books that deal with counting piles, so it’s just another great thing about this book. You can find out the cheatie way I make my flannels by going here.