I do this same activity with my three year old. I do try to bump up the problem solving skills for him. I'll tell him, "We have four plates on the table. We need the same number of spoons as plates. Do you know how many spoons we need without counting?"
This post is a part of my series on Mathematically Speaking: Integrating Math into Your Literacy Learning. Check out some previous posts that deal with math in literacy:
100th Day of School Recipe
Snowman Name Graph
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