You count to find how many you have in all. When you count things, you say one number for each object. The last number you say tells how many.

**To better understand counting objects…**

## LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

### Count up to 5

You have some bunnies. Count the bunnies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The last number you say tells how many. There are 5 bunnies.

### Count up to 10.

You have a tray of cupcakes. Point at each cupcake as you count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. There are 10 cupcakes.

### Count up to 20.

You are racing some toy cars. You count each car as it races by: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. There are 20 cars.

### You can count objects in any order.

There are 10 cupcakes on the table in a row. You move them further apart. There are still 10 cupcakes. You put them in a circle. There are still 10 cupcakes.

### Total means how many in all.

The bunnies jump around the table. You can point to each bunny as you count them. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. You have a total of 5 bunnies.