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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.

 

On the move

The next time you're on a walk together, ask your child to count how many red cars and blue cars they see. You can play this while you’re watching TV, too. Are there more red cars, more blue cars, or the same number? If you speak another language in your family, you could add to the fun by counting in your different languages.

Spot the number

For a 7 year-old, ask them to count how many 7s they see on the way to school - you could include addresses, street signs and buses. For 6 year olds, use the number 6, and so on.

Counting goals

A football match can be a perfect opportunity to talk numbers with your child - how many goals, what fraction of the game has been played, how many minutes have been played when extra time is added on? It’s equally good if you’re at the game, or following the action on TV.

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Handy tips

Try breakfast by numbers, using your morning cereal packs to count the number of words beginning with the same letter. Or, for fun, you could try and find rhyming words together.

Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.