As an attempt to get my anti-numbers 2 year old to do counting we have been trying to do "different" ways of counting objects. Since he loves animals and has a compulsion to match things I created this caterpillar with 10 body segments.
The idea obviously is to put one manipulative of your choice in each body segment.
So far so good, then Mummy had to go and count them "No Counting!" and everything hit the floor - back to the drawing board :)