If your students are anything like mine, they love goldfish crackers. The use of the crackers has not only made this counting game fun, but also highly motivating. This counting game will help your students recognize numbers (we do 1-20, but you could use any numbers you wanted), as well as works on 1:1 correspondence.
First you need to print out a picture of a penguin (we made these from construction paper, but you could easily just use clip art). Make sure to laminate them before giving them to the kids.
We give the kids a choice of which numbered penguins they want to use. We allow them to keep all the goldfish they use for counting, and eat them after they are finished working (the kids quickly realize that the higher the numbers the pick, the more crackers they get).P