Counting in Groups

In these interactive and hands-on activities, children will embark on a journey of discovering numbers through the concept of counting in groups. By engaging in fun-filled experiences with straw towers, magnetic rings, and passenger train compartments, they will develop a deeper understanding of skip counting, pattern recognition, and efficient counting methods. Through these exciting adventures, children will enhance their mathematical skills while enjoying the tactile and immersive nature of these hands-on experiences.

In this counting group, we have three activities that will stimulate children's learning and engagement.

For the first two activities, we will need the following

  • Foam board
  • Beads
  • Small, medium, and long straws (for Activity 1: Straw Towers)
  • Small, medium and big Rings (for Activity 2: Grouping Ring Counting)
Counting in Groups


1. Straw Towers:

Counting in Groups
  1. Take the foam board: Begin by placing the foam board on a flat surface, ensuring it is stable and secure.

  2. Insert the small straw: Take the small straw and insert it vertically into the foam board, ensuring it stands upright and is firmly secured.

  3. Counting using small straws: Take the 10 beads you have and start counting them using small straws in groups of 5, with each small straw containing 2 beads.
    Follow these steps:
       a. Place the first small straw in the foam board.
       b. Add two beads to the first small straw.
       c. Insert a second small straw into the foam board next to the first one.
       d. Add two beads to the second small straw.
       e. Continue inserting small straws and adding two beads to each straw until all 10 beads have been counted.

    You should end up with five small straws, with two beads in each straw.

  4. Counting using medium straws: Repeat the counting process using medium straws, which can fit 5 beads each.
    Follow these steps:
    a. Remove the small straws from the foam board.
    b. Insert a medium straw into the foam board.
    c. Add five beads to the medium straw.
    d. Repeat the process by inserting additional medium straws and adding five beads to each straw until all 10 beads have been counted.
    You should end up with two medium straws, each containing five beads.

  5. Counting using long straws: Finally, count the 10 beads using long straws, which can accommodate all 10 beads in a single straw.
    Follow these steps:
    a. Remove the medium straws from the foam board.
    b. Insert a long straw into the foam board.
    c. Add all 10 beads to the long straw.

2. Grouping By Rings:

Counting in Groups
  1. Introduce the flat metal board and magnetic rings.
  2. Here we are using the Rings instead of Straws for counting in Groups.
  3. Select an appropriate-sized ring for the desired group size.
  4. Place the chosen ring on the metal board.
  5. Insert the corresponding number of beads into the ring based on the group size.
  6. Repeat this process with the remaining rings, grouping and counting the beads accordingly.

Third Activity is a Fun  Activity for Kids:

3. Shortest Train:


  • Foam board train compartments with different seating capacities (2 persons, 4 persons, 5 persons, 10 persons)
  • Small cards representing passengers
Counting in Groups
  1. Provide participants with the foam board train compartments and small cards.
  2. Explain that the objective is to create a train with the desired number of passengers.
  3. Participants will select and join the train compartments, making sure the passenger slots align correctly.
  4. Encourage participants to strategically choose the appropriate compartments to represent the given number of passengers.
  5. Insert the small cards into the designated slots of the train compartments to represent the passengers.
  6. Participants can experiment with different combinations of compartments until they achieve the desired passenger count. 
Play Video about counting in Groups

Instruction video for counting in groups

Counting in Groups

Rs. 499.00
Rs. 299.00

Quick Understanding of Counting in Groups

Counting in groups

1st Grade Topic List

Counting in Groups

5 million+ educational toys & STEM learning kits delivered worldwide, fueling young minds.

"Join #ButterflyFieldsIndia to ignite curiosity, shape the future, and foster creativity."

Learn More about counting in Groups:

Title: Counting in Groups: Enhancing Numerical Skills in Everyday Life with the Math Kit for Kids


The Math Kit for Kids offers an exciting and interactive approach to learning mathematics, with a specific focus on the “Counting in Groups” activity. By engaging children in this hands-on exploration of numbers, the kit equips them with essential skills for problem-solving, critical thinking, and efficient counting. Through this activity, children not only grasp the concept of grouping and counting objects but also discover its relevance in real-life situations. Let’s delve into how counting in groups connects to everyday life and its advanced applications.

Real-Life Applications:

Counting in groups is a fundamental skill that finds practical applications in various aspects of daily life. One common scenario where this method is employed is during grocery shopping. Consider buying items like fruits or vegetables, which are often sold in bundles or packets. By using the counting in groups technique, children can quickly determine the total number of items by counting the number of bundles, saving time and ensuring accurate purchase.

Another area where counting in groups is valuable is money management. When dealing with currency, children can learn to count coins in groups of five or ten to expedite the counting process. This skill enables them to handle transactions more efficiently and build a strong foundation for future financial literacy.

Advanced Counting Skills:

As children become proficient in counting in groups, they can progress to more advanced applications. One notable example is skip counting, which involves counting by numbers other than one. Skip counting allows children to count more quickly and efficiently, helping them develop a strong number sense. For instance, by counting in groups of twos, fives, or tens, children can count larger quantities with ease, improving their mathematical fluency.

Counting in groups also lays the groundwork for multiplication and division. Understanding the relationship between groups and quantities helps children comprehend the concepts of multiplication as repeated addition and division as sharing or grouping equally. These advanced counting skills form the basis for more complex mathematical operations and problem-solving in later stages of education.


The “Counting in Groups” activity in the Math Kit for Kids is a valuable tool that promotes numerical literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in children. By connecting the concept to real-life scenarios such as shopping and money management, children gain a practical understanding of how counting in groups enhances efficiency in daily tasks. Moreover, as children progress to advanced counting techniques like skip counting and its applications in multiplication and division, they acquire the foundation for more complex mathematical concepts. The Math Kit for Kids empowers children to become confident mathematicians while experiencing the joy and satisfaction of exploring numbers in a hands-on and engaging manner.

Shopping Basket
Scroll to Top