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One Cracker, Two Cracker

Read about math activities for young children. Recognize sets of one and two elements with One Cracker, Two Crackers.
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Activity 1: Recognizing sets of one and two


2 plates and 3 child-safe objects, such as crackers, spoons, or blocks

Try It Out:

  1. Place 1 cracker on 1 plate and 2 crackers on another.
  2. Point to each plate and say: “This plate has 1 cracker.” “This plate has 2 crackers.”
  3. Say: “Point to the plate with 1 cracker.”
    • If your child points to the correct plate, say: “That’s right. This plate has 1 cracker.”
    • If your child points to the wrong plate, say: “No, that plate has 2 crackers. Here is the plate with 1 cracker.”
  4. Ask your child to point to the plate with 1 cracker and then to the plate with 2 crackers.

Making the Most of This Activity:

  1. Try this activity using different objects. You can use any child-safe objects—blocks, spoons, crayons—when playing the game.
  2. Try it at different times of the day (during baths or meals, or while dressing). While getting dressed, you can point out 1 shirt and 2 socks. At bath time, you can point out 1 washcloth and 2 bath toys.


Did your child correctly point to sets of 1 and 2? If not, she may not be quite ready for this activity and you can try again later.


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