Back to Children's Literature

Bean Thirteen

Banana for Two
by Ellen Meyer
Banana for Two.jpg
A mom and her toddler go to the grocery store and explore the idea of one and two - one roll of paper towels, one box of cereal, two containers of yogurt, and one banana to share as a snack for two.
Resources for Banana for Two:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Where can you find math in everyday situations?


Math Connections: Use this book to introduce:

  • conversations about numbers and amount

  • recognizing amounts of one and two

  • exploring math in daily life and routines


Activities to Do Together:

  • Read Banana for Two with your child. Point to the objects in the story and emphasize the amounts you see.

  • Use sequencing words like now, first, next, then, and done when talking with your child

  • Take a walk together and point out  what you see. One slide in the park, two children on swings, one blue car, two windows, etc.

  • Look for math in everyday situations. Compare objects. How are they the same? How are they different? Notice shapes everywhere. Talk about square windows, signs in the shapes of rectangles, and plates the shape of a circle.

  • Look for patterns on clothing, buildings, and in nature

  • Look for opportunities to explore amounts of one and two e.g. two socks, one nose, two boxes, one toy.


Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

done, each, more, next, now, one, piece, share, some, two