Your toddler will reach many amazing developmental milestones during their first several years of life, but few of them are as exciting as when you see your toddler count to 10. Granted, it won’t happen overnight and it will be the result of many different lessons and incredible patience by mom and dad. However, it is more than worth it in the end. Today, we will talk about when you can expect your child to count to 10 and what the journey may look like to get to that point. 

When Should You See Your Toddler Count to 10?

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Your toddler should be able to count to 10 by the time they are 4 years old at the latest.


This is one of those questions that may have a different answer for every family. Some toddlers may have a natural knack for counting, and be able to count from one through 10 by 2 years old. With that said, the average toddler will be able to count to 10 at some point between 36 months and 4 years old

Remember that not every child is the same and some may not be able to count to 10 by this age while others can count past 10. Though, if they get to 5 years old and beyond and cannot count to 10, then intervention may be necessary. Keep in mind that a lot of toddlers can count but they may not completely understand exactly what they are really doing just yet, and that will come with time and further education.

How Parents Can Improve Their Toddler’s Counting Skills

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Help your toddler learn how to cont with these tips.

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Some kids can count to 10 by the time they are 2 years old. However, while that is not typical for all kids, that is the age where they will understand the lessons that you teach them about counting. If your child has not reached this milestone yet and you want to see your toddler count to 10, then you can try to help them along with these tips:

Be Consistent

If you want to teach your toddler to count to 10, you will need to be consistent with your studies. Set a time every day where you count for them so they can hear the cadence and get the flow into their mind. Make sure to do this every day as repetition is key. Say each number and then have your toddler repeat it back, and over time, they will remember.

Count the Things Around Them

A great way to help your child is to count everything all of the time. You can count how many snacks you give them each day. Count every cracker in that snack bag. Count the number of toys that they have spread around them. If they are playing with shapes, then count how many of each shape they have and then count how many there are in total. Make it fun, and it will be easier for your toddler to remember.

Read a Book and Count Items

While you are reading your toddler their favorite book, you can also teach them about numbers. There is bound to be something to count on every page. 

Count Every Step Up and Down the Stairs

If you have more than one floor in your home, then make it a habit to count every step that you take up and down the stairs. Most houses will have at least 10 stairs, so this is a great way to help them reach this milestone and get activity and exercise at the same time!

Take a Walk And Count Items You See

Another fun way to learn numbers is to take a walk outside and count things as you both see them. Count the cars that you see, the houses that you pass, the dogs that park, the mailboxes, and everything else you see. 

Eat and Count

While your toddler is sitting at the table picking at their food, you can teach them how to count. Simply count how many orange slices, chicken nuggets, or animal crackers they have on their plate. 

You can also use this time to teach them about subtraction. Count how many there are in total, and every time they eat one, count again so they can see that the total is reducing each time. If you add more food to their plate, count again and you’ll be teaching them addition!

Count While Playing With Stickers

Many toddlers love playing with stickers and you can use this as another opportunity to practice their counting skills. Kids can spend hours putting stickers on a single piece of construction paper, so every time they do, help them to count each one as they put them down. 

Count Legos or Blocks as They Build a Tower

Another way to help your toddler count to 10 is to make a tower out of blocks and count how many they used. You can add extra challenge to the activity by encouraging your child to see how high they can build the tower. If there are more than 10 blocks, then that is great. Counting higher will give them a preview of what comes next. You can also do this activity by stacking and counting cups.

Play With Shapes and Count

Kids love to play with their shapes, and this is a great way to teach them how to count as well. The easiest way to do that is to count the sides on every shape. So, you would count the four sides of a square, the three sides of a triangle, etc. Since shapes are a major part of geometry, this activity will preview some of the math concepts they will learn in the future.

Red Flags That Your Toddler May Have Issues With Counting

Most toddlers should be able to count to 10 by the time they turn 4 years old. If they cannot, it doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong. However, you should be aware of the potential red flags of a learning disability. Your child may experience:

  • Difficulty learning to read.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Trouble learning other concepts, like days of the week, colors and shapes. 
  • Delayed speech

If you notice one or several of these issues, then you may want to bring your child into a professional to have them evaluated for a potential learning disability. Many states require that children with learning disabilities receive free services, so if they are having trouble counting at this point, then look at your opinions.


In summary, you should see your toddler count to 10 by 36 months or age or 4 years old at the latest. You can help your child along by following the many tactics listed here today. Take your time and you will find that your child will start counting sooner than you think.

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