Twelve doughnuts or one dozen? How Many of What photo chats invite children to talk about how many of what they see. A quantity is expressed as a number and its unit (e.g., 3 chocolate doughnuts or 1 doughnut with sprinkles).
In this video, preschoolers share the quantities they see when looking at a photo of a box of doughnuts. There are many ways to answer the question, how many of what?, depending on the unit.
Mathematical thinking is strongly connected to oral language development; therefore, we encourage conversations about not only how many children see but how they see it. Offering children an image with many smaller quantities within a larger total offers all children a point of entry. The quantities in the photo are composed so that children can practice looking for and making use of structure to determine how many of what.