Activities to help your child with Numbers
- Sing counting songs rhymes which help to develop your child’s understanding of number, such as ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’.
- Use number language, e.g. ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘lots’, ‘how many?’ and ‘count’ in a variety of situations.
- Count things that are not objects, such as hops, jumps, clicks or claps.
- As you read number stories or rhymes, e.g. ‘When one more frog jumps in how many will there be in the pool altogether?’
- Provide reasons to count, e.g. during setting the table, counting out snacks.
- Encouraging estimations, e.g. estimate how many sandwiches to make for the picnic.
- Encouraging use of mathematical language, e.g. number names to ten: ‘Have you got enough to give me three?’
- Collect interesting things and sort, order and count them.
- Point out the use of numerals in everyday life, television remotes, telephones, bus and house numbers, car registration plates.
- Make books about numbers that have meaning for your child such as favourite numbers, birth dates or telephone numbers.
- Share interesting books about number.
- Play games such as hide and seek that involve counting.