Tricking the Tally Man- it’s a super cute story about a town that sees the tally man coming and they don’t want to be taxed, so they lie about how many are in the town, only to discover he’s counting for the new government. There’s several rounds of this, and it ultimately comes out right.
For our activity each of the kids got to hide a handful of peg dolls in one of the “cities.” Afterwards we took turns finding all of them and counting them using tally marks.
Everyone enjoyed the mad dash to find and record the citizens. Our littlest one even helped by bringing over random extra ones she found.
To make it simple I just made a small chart. Obviously you could make it into whatever format you wanted, but this was our different cities. If you want to use ours, you can just click on the picture and it will take you to the download.