Are you saving all your used toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, soda bottles??
A great way to help kiddos visually see how many things a number actually represents is to make several Egg Carton Counters.
Simply write the numbers 1-12 on the bottom of each spot.
Give each kiddo a cup with a bunch of something in it...it can be beads or it can be something fun and edible, like Cheerios, Skittles, Kix...HINT: Edible stuff is preferred by the kids!! :)
Then they put one Cheerio in the "1" spot, two Cheerios in the "2" spot...and so on. This is a great way for the kids to SEE how much 10 is....