I recently bought him these large number puzzles that are really great IMO. Each number has the corresponding amount of pieces to create it (#2 has two pieces, #8 is an eight piece puzzle), they are shaped as the number itself and they have the corresponding number of animals on it too. This provides LOTS of opportunities to count just by completing the set. I also bought it at a discount store, so it was a cheap find!!
After we completed the puzzles, J got out his many other number puzzles and began to match the numbers. He came up with this activity on his own.
(Don’t ask me why we have so many number puzzles!!)