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Around the house

Kids love helping out with little jobs around the house (enjoy it while it lasts) – and they love being asked questions and challenged to do things. Try these activities when you’re at home together for a nice way to get counting every day.

Sock matching

After you’ve done the laundry, ask your child to help you match up the socks in pairs. Then they can help you sort them into piles of who owns which socks. When they're done, keep the game going by asking how many pairs belong to each person. You’ll get some help with the laundry and keep them happy and busy. Win-win!

Clean sweep

Whether you’re doing the dishes, making the beds, or cleaning the bathroom - try putting some music on and get your child to count out different actions with you - like 3 wipes of the cloth, or 5 shakes of the duvet, or 2 squirts of the polish - in time to the music. Get wiggling.

Tea for two, or three or four.

Mealtimes can be an easy way to mix numbers and counting. You could ask your child to pick a recipe for a family meal, help you get everything you need, and then let them measure out all the ingredients with you. You’ve got yourself a ready-made kitchen helper.

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Handy tips

Put some music on, dance around, and get your child to count out different actions with you – like 10 hops or 16 jumps – in time to the music. It’s a good way to use up some excess energy too!

Writing a list can be a great way for kids to use their imagination. Ask your child what they’d pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.