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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

Next time you’re in a shop, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer – 2 for £1, say – you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.

If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.

Making crayon rubbings of coins is a great way to help your child find out about the numbers on coins, and the different sizes of each coin.