Continuing with the Transportation theme and the added layers of depth, students can be introduced to counting cards:
this post, students are shown the counting cards. The set of cards pictured is not in order (i.e. the cards do not have pictures of vehicles in the 1-10 order). The cards are random (i.e. one card has two vehicles while the next card could have 10 pictures of a type of transportation vehicle). This was done intentionally to prevent students from guessing and encourage them to take the time to count the pictures on each card.
Here, velcro is used for students in the pre-writing stage.
Students in this stage may require teacher/parent assistance in choosing the correct number
if they do not know their numbers on sight (i.e. they do not know what the number 5 looks like, so after the child counts the vehicles, the teacher/parent picks up the number 5, shows it to the child and tells them that this is the number 5)
Counting cards can easily be found on the internet but you can also make your own to fit your specific theme/topic. Made sturdy enough, these sets can be placed in your math centre and children can be invited to use these whenever they wish with little supervision. If you would like these in English please leave a comment and insha'Allaah, I will upload the file soon.