Kipper's Toybox

Age 3 to 5

Kipper's Toybox by Mick Inkpen

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 9781444923773

Kipper knows that he has one, two, three, four, five, six favourite toys. But when he counts them, he finds that he has seven toys... and when he counts them again, he only counts five toys! Where has the sixth toy gone?
This story is a lovely opportunity for children to practise counting accurately. When he is counting, Kipper uses some different counting techniques, including linking each number explicitly to an item (e.g. "Big Owl one, Hippopotamus two, ..."). As well as checking Kipper's counting in the pictures, children can have a go at counting a group of objects in real life and can suggest ways of checking their count if the answer isn't what they expected.