- Lots and lots of counting! Start off by counting up to 5 objects and then once your child is confident in this extend to counting up to 10. Practice counting real objects by saying one number for each item. At first practice counting them in a straight line and then in an arrangement.
- Practice recognising and ordering numbers. Start with numbers 1-5 and then 1-10.
- Look for numbers and shapes in the environment e.g. door numbers, on car registration plates, on signs and on objects and equipment.
- Sing counting songs such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive, 10 Sizzling Sausages, 10 In The Bed, 5 Little Monkeys.
- Play board games and puzzles. Puzzles are important in developing children’s emotional, problem solving and physical skills.
- Practise matching actions to a number through games such as ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf?’ or matching exercises to a number (roll a dice, pick a number or just say a number) e.g. 1 press up, 2 taps of your head, 3 frog jumps, touch your toes 4 times, 5 star jumps, 6 hops, 7 big elephant stamps, clap your hands 8 times, shrug your shoulders 9 times, 10 jumps. You can be as creative and as energetic as you like!
- Set up a snack station where your child ‘pays’ you in marbles/counters/1p coins/bottle top lids (whatever you have) e.g. slice of toast: 3 marbles, piece of fruit: 2 marbles, cereal bar: 5 marbles etc.
- Sorting and matching activities e.g. by colour, shape, size or type of object.
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