Counting Goats Math Game {Mem Fox Virtual Book Club for Kids}

May’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Mem Fox. We enjoyed reading so many of her books. One of Aiden’s favorites was Let’s Count Goats. I created a counting goats math game inspired by the book. Affiliate links are included in this post.

Counting Goats Math Game Inspired by Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox - part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox

Let’s Count Goats! by Mem Fox is a silly count-to-ten book. I just love the illustrations by Jan Thomas. Count the goats in different scenes. “Here we see an over goat. And this one’s going under. But can we count the crossing goats terrified of thunder?” Many of the goats are found eating things – a table, luggage, a sand castle, and more. Check out the book and you’ll be smiling and laughing in no time.

How to Make Goat Puppets

You’ll Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencils/markers
  • Craft sticks
  • Clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Small cardboard box

I drew 4 goats in the style of Jan Thomas. {If you don’t want to draw goats yourself, you can just trace them from the book.} I then made copies of the page to have 12 goats total. Aiden wanted to leave the goats white, but you could always have your child color the goats.

Cut out the goats and glue them to craft sticks to create goat puppets. Place the craft sticks into clothespins to allow the goats to stand up. {Our craft sticks and clothespins were sent to us by CraftProjectIdeas.com.} It took a while to cut each goat out. To spend less time cutting, just cut a circle around the goats instead of following the outline. 

Counting Goats Math Game Inspired by Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox - part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

One of the scenes in the book has goats crossing in a boat. We chose to create a boat for our goats. Cut out a boat shape slightly larger than a cardboard box. Aiden chose to color his boat with a bit of red pencil. Tape the boat to the side of the box.

Counting Goats Math Game Inspired by Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox - part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Place the goat puppets in the boat. The clothespins should allow the puppets to stand up. If you need more stability {some clothespins are very level while others work well}, tape the clothespins to the box. Then, you can add the puppets to the clothespins.

Counting Goats Math Game Inspired by Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox - part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Counting Goats Math Game

The goal of the game is to count goats as you add them to the boat. Call out a number and have your child add that many goats to the boat. You could also roll dice or use number cards to select the number.

Counting Goats Math Game Inspired by Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox - part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

How many goats can you fit in the boat? Not only did we have fun counting goats, but we also used the goat puppets for pretend play. The goats floated around the room in their boat. Aiden also placed goats on the top of a tall box – his rocket ship. The clothespins were perfect for attaching the goat puppets to box. He and the goats blasted off to space. How many goats are in the rocket ship?

Where will your child take the goats?

Virtual Book Club for Kids Co-Hosts

Here are the blogs co-hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Be sure to see what Mem Fox books and activities they chose. 

Toddler ApprovedThe Educators’ Spin On ItRainy Day Mum– 3 DinosaursLearn~Play~ImagineCrafty Moms ShareReading ConfettiInspiration LaboratoriesMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasKids Yoga StoriesEnchanted Homeschooling MomReady-Set-ReadBoy Mama Teacher MamaPlayDrMomFantastic Fun and LearningGrowing Book by BookRoyal BalooThe Outlaw Mom® BlogKitchen Counter ChroniclesTeach PreschoolMama SmilesCoffe Cups and CrayonsJuggling With Kids – Here Come the Girls

Now it’s your turn! Link up your posts about a Mem Fox book you read and your related activity {project, craft, recipe, etc.}.

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