Edie has taken a real interest in counting. Anything from the berries at snack to her ever growing Sonny Angels collection. I got her a copy of Christopher Franceschelli’s Countablock and she loves it. A big block that stands proud on the bookshelf full of sturdy pages, leading you from One to One Hundred through bursts of colour in the form of Peskimo’s fun artwork.
Each number is cut out of the page in a big bold font for her to get to grips with, to feel the form of the number itself and see it clearly. She likes to turn the book at an angle so the pages fan towards her.
”One Acorn Becomes … One Oak Tree….. Two Snowmen Become … Two Puddles”
”Nine Pieces of Paper Become … Nine Paper Aeroplanes”
Many of her other number or alphabet books are the standard uninventive ”Here Are Five Apples”. Countablock pushes her to think about the potential of what things can become, really engaging her imagination… Speaking of which, soon after reading it, A delivery from one of our favourite stores arrived. Inspired; We made the box into a castle. The princess of which sat comfortably inside for some time beckoning to her subjects (Me!) for supplies of snacks and juice! … Just a little something to watch out for!
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