Ready for some fun together? Number games count, too.
There are lots of fun number games you can try in everyday activities with your child – whether it’s a trip to the shops, mealtimes, or just chilling out together. With these ideas, tips and activities, from now on helping your child with their counting can be a walk in the park.
Choose an everyday activity
There are lots of games you can play with your child to help them count forwards – and here are some that will help them count backwards, too! Ready for some fun challenges?
You don’t have to go far to find lots of fun ways to help your child count. It can be really easy to bring numbers into everyday activities at home – from breakfast to bedtime.
Fun for everyone
Here are some great ways you can help your child count, get family and friends involved, and keep everyone entertained. More people equals more fun
Whether you’re doing the weekly big shop, picking up a few essentials, or shopping online, it’s always good to have a have a wee helper. Checking prices, adding up and counting coins is a practical way you can help your child understand numbers, and make them part of everyday life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good mood food
Combining numbers with food keeps little minds busy – you’ll get a little extra help in the kitchen too.
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.
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.
Games for two
Counting with your child is a good way to get them thinking and keep engaged while you spend quality time together.
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.
Down the park
These handy ideas are great for when you’re out and about getting some fresh air with the kiddlywinks.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Things to try
Deputy First Minister’s Summer Maths Challenge
If you’re looking for a fun activity for you and your child this summer break, why not give the Deputy First Minister’s Summer Maths Challenge a go?
This summer’s challenge is inspired by the European Championships being held in Glasgow this August, so take the challenge and get in the spirit of the games!
Solutions and workings will be published on Friday 27 July here: blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count
Deputy First Minister’s Easter Holiday Maths Challenge
If you are looking for fun activities to keep you and your child entertained this Easter break, why not try the Deputy First Minister’s Holiday Maths Challenge?
Hard copies of the Maths Challenge are being handed out to all P6 pupils in time for Easter, and hard copies will also be available at local libraries. Workings and solutions here: www.blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count/
Most kids love popping bubble wrap – and if you have lying around at home, why not have a bubble wrap race? Who can pop the most in a minute? You can count the burst bubbles together to find out.
Choose a letter of the alphabet, then ask your child to write down a food, an animal, a name, and a place that begins with this letter.
Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.