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Playing games is a great way to help kids count, and keep them occupied. As well as activities that are fun for two, there are lots of great counting games that two or more children can enjoy. And when it comes to joining in – the more the merrier.

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Deal or no deal

Kids love pretending to be grown-up. And playing shops, and learning about money and how bank cards work will fascinate your child. Plus – games are a super way to keep your child busy and entertained while they’re learning.

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Dip into different worlds

Books are a great way for kids to discover how things work – whether it’s the world around them, or feelings and emotions. Books open their minds to new experiences and fresh ideas – so they’re perfect for keeping your child entertained on rainy days, and keeping their mind occupied at the same time.

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Magic messages

Writing helps keep kids entertained, while they’re finding out about themselves and the world around them. Here are some activities you can do together which will help your child write, and enjoy themselves at the same time.

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Time is ticking

Children feel so proud of themselves when they’ve learned to tell the time. You can use these games and activities to help them with time-keeping, and keep them focused.

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Good mood food

Combining numbers with food keeps little minds busy – you’ll get a little extra help in the kitchen too.

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Made to measure

There are so many different ways you can help your child understand numbers and what they mean in their everyday activities. And while they’re counting and comparing, they’ll be busy and entertained too.

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Counting in, and counting out

You can play counting games indoors, outdoors – anywhere and everywhere you go. Try out some of these different activities with your child to keep their minds busy, wherever you are.

 

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Games for two

Counting with your child is a good way to get them thinking and keep engaged while you spend quality time together.

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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.

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Down the park

These handy ideas are great for when you’re out and about getting some fresh air with the kiddlywinks.

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Sharing the fun

Counting and sharing go really well together – and it can be easy to mix the two whether you’re playing together, or having a meal or snack.

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Counting down to a big event

We all get excited when we’ve got something to look forward to. And your child will love getting involved with planning an upcoming birthday or play date. They’ll get to be part of the excitement, and have the chance to count and use numbers at the same time.

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Getting ready for bed

We all know that getting kids to bed on time can be challenging to put it lightly. Quick counting activities like these will help make your bedtime routine easier and more enjoyable for both of you.

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Playing ball games

Counting and numbers when you are out and about together is a really easy way to keep kids entertained and happy. So why not try these activities the next time you’re down the park for a wee kick-about?

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Things to try

Top 10 kids’ counting books

Counting is easy with these fab books. Check them out for free at your local library!

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Counting your way to school

This handy guide shows you all the ways you can count your way to school.

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Top 10 kids’ wintery picture books

Here’s a list of the top 10 wintery picture books for kids recommended by the Scottish Book Trust.

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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!

Try spotting shapes together – how many circles, triangles or squares can your child spot in the room. After they’ve named the shape, they could look for other items with the same shape.

If you come across a new word while you’re reading a story, try making up funny sentences with the new word.