Count your way to the park with these ideas. You’ll be amazed at how much the little things make a difference to their confidence with numbers. After all, it’s all about the little things you do together every day.

  • How many
  • Playing around
  • Bus stop

Count things on the way

How to: When you’re on the way to the park, count things you see together e.g. red cars, buses or lorries. You could also talk about the door numbers you see – which ones are odd? Which ones are even?

Climb and count the monkey bars

How to: Encourage your child to count when you’re at the park – count the monkey bars, the number of steps between trees… See who can swing the highest and find out who can collect the most daisies.

Find out when the bus is coming

How to: Ask your child to find out how long it is until the next bus arrives. Encourage them to read the bus timetable and work out how much time there is before the next bus arrives. Before you get on the bus help them add up how much two tickets cost.

Hang on! Try my amazing Read ideas.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Handy tips


Look for opportunities to talk about different sizes (e.g. more than, less than, bigger, smaller)


Turn off the TV when you are playing together


Keep old envelopes and flyers to write on