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How do you get a 2 yr old to sit still and pay attention while you teach her how to count objects.?

My daugther is 2 and can count to 15 and recoginize numbers but every time i want her to count objects like peas, rocks, or something else she runs off or doesnt want to listen! how do i get her to sit still?

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Asked by navajomama7 at 8:37 PM on Mar. 6, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Forcing her to sit while you listen is not going to be beneficial. You have to keep learning fun. While she's trying to interact with you, just count her fingers and toes. Give her blocks to play with and then count them. You can even count her Cheerio's or crayons. But what will not work is trying to coerce her to learn when she is not in the right mind set. When she's eating, you might try but the second she starts to get irritated it's best if you just wait until she's back in the mood. Children do not learn well under stress.


    Answer by Razelda at 8:40 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Dont force her. Just try and make it fun, something she loves, and dont get upset if she isnt interested.

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 8:43 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • She is a baby and is still too young for this kind of formal learning, relax it isn't a race and most of the "advanced" pre-schoolers even out to be average students in the end. Just incorparate counting in every day life, going down steps one two three four.. how many spoons of flour in the cake , count them with Mommy, Be careful that you don't forget to let her be just a toddler, school days are coming and they last a very long time, is there any urgency for her to count like this? She will learn it at an age appropriate time, which isn't now.

    Answer by myheartx4 at 8:45 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • No 2 year old is going to sit still for you for a long periods of time. It's just the way they are. They are at the age where they have to be on the go, exploring their environment. You can make her sit there if you want, but if she doesn't want to do it or she loses interest, making her sit there is not going to do you or her any good.

    Make the learning experience into a game. Kids seem to do better if their lessons are interesting and fun. If their learning experience is long and boring they are not going to want to do it. You have to make it fun for her that way she will want to do it more, instead of walking away from it.
    Good Luck!

    Answer by ZBandMom at 8:50 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • I have to agree with the other posters. That's way too young to sit and do stuff like that. It'll come in time.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 8:54 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • when she's playing with toys that she has more than one of, count them as you play with her...count them a few times and ask for like "how many baby dolls do you have?" if she answers wrong, repeat the process if she's interested... if shes right then say something like "thats right!!! ou have x baby dolls!!!" to kids around this age, if its not fun they wont want to have anything to do with it.

    Answer by dreamangel06 at 12:17 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

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