Rote Counting

By Activity Bank on Oct 28, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

This activity is a great way to start students out on understanding numbers and counting. Lessons include Math and Independent Living Skills.


None required


Give students numerous opportunities throughout the day to count. Count with the student at first, then pause and wait for the student to fill in the missing number (one, two, _____). Start by counting to five, then move to ten, etc.

  • During a cooking lesson, stir ten times.
  • On the playground, count the number of pushes the student gets on the swing.
  • Count items of clothing when dressing (two socks).
  • Count fingers, ears, toes, etc.
  • Musical counting – give the student a drum, and have him hit the drum one time for each number said.
  • Have the student count the number of times the drum has been struck by the teacher.


Introduce various songs and poems that have counting in them, such as:

  • One-Two Buckle My Shoe
  • Hap Palmer “Count Up” song
  • Check YouTube or Sesame Street for other counting songs



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