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.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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