Count The Toppings

Counting activity for toddlers


Counting the toppings on a homemade popsicle is a sweet way to teach shapes, colors, and early numeracy principles to your little one!


  • Counting
  • Number recognition
  • Shape recognition
  • Color identification

AGE: 3 – 4 Years Old

TIME: 10 Mins

CATEGORY: Numeracy, Shapes, Colors


  • Colored paper
  • Pens
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tape/Glue


Create several cut-outs of popsicles and different colored shapes to be used as “popsicle toppings!”
Glue a wood stick onto a seperate piece of paper.
Have your child paste the popsicle in the middle of the stick. Once they’ve done so, ask them to select some “toppings” and glue them the popsicle.
With your child, count the total number of toppings, discuss the shapes they selected and how many colors they see on their popsicle!


  • Use buttons, beads, and pom poms for the popsicle toppings to add an additional sensory element.
  • For advanced learners, ask if your child can create an ABAB or ABBA pattern using their popsicle toppings.

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