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The First Day of Winter

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
A snowman comes alive as the child building it adds pieces during the first 10 days of winter.



Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen illustrated by Keith Baker

One, two, buckle my shoe.

Three, four, shut the door . . . .  Nine, ten, big fat hen! 
Now young children can enjoy a popular nursery rhyme and learn to count, too.




Flannel Board Rhyme
5 Little Snowflakes

One little snowflake with nothing to do.
Along came another,
and then there were two.

Two little snowflakes laughing with me.
Along came another,
and then there were three.

Three little snowflakes looking for some more.
Along came another,
and then there were four.

Four little snowflakes dancing a jive.
Along came another,
and then there were five.

Five little snowflakes having so much fun.
Out came the sun,
and then there were none!



Movement Activity
One Potato, Two Potato

One potato, two potato, three potato, four
Well, I made a batch of hot potatoes
Dropped them on the floor
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, eight
So I stomped them into mashed potatoes
Plopped them on a plate

Nine potato, ten potato, can’t believe my eyes!
Children ate them up and now they want some French fries!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, FRIES!


Vocabulary Word:

twig: n. A small thin branch of a tree or shrub


“On the sixth day of winter my best friend gave to me 6 tiny twigs...”
(taken from The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming)



  • Make “Math Muffin Tins” to help children recognize numbers, count, and sort.
    Materials: Cupcake paper liners, felt tip marker, poker chips, or anything they can count and sort.  Write the numbers 1-10 with a marker on muffin liners, and then have the kids count and sort that many items into each liner.
  • Make an audio recording of people counting to ten.  Record individual children, small groups of children, different teachers, and even yourself.  Place the recording in the “Listening Center.”
  • Write a number from 1-12 on the outside of twelve plastic eggs.  Provide a basket of small counters, such as lima beans, buttons, aquarium rocks, or bingo chips. Invite children to place the corresponding number of counters inside each egg.  Suggest that children then place the eggs, in numerical order, in an egg carton.
  • Provide white playdough at the “Playdough Center.”  Encourage children to make snowballs.  Suggest a number and invite children to make that many snowballs.  Challenge children to see how many snowballs they can stack before they fall over.  Have children count the snowballs in their stacks.
  • Hide large white pom-poms (snowballs) around the classroom.  Invite each child to find a pre-determined number of them.  As children hunt and find, ask “How many have you found?” “How many more do you still need to find?”
  • Make a “Winter Number Line.”  Take photographs of the children on a day when they are bundled up in winter clothing.  Take a picture with one child in it, a picture with two children, three children, and so on.  Display the photographs on a number line in front of the classroom.


1, 2, I Love You

1,2, I Love You by Alice Schertle

A counting rhyme that captures the playfulness and tender affection between parent and child.


1 is One

1 is One by Tasha Tudor

Rhyming verse and pictures introduce numbers from 1 to 20.


Click Clack Splish Splash

Click Clack, Splish Splash
by Doreen Cronin and Betty Lewin

While Farmer Brown sleeps, some of the animals who live on the farm go on a fishing expedition.