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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.

Bingo

Bingo is a fast-paced game that kids love to play. You could buy, or make your own scorecards of 5 squares across and 5 squares down and add in the numbers. Cut out a matching set of numbers, put them in a hat or bowl, and give each child a scorecard and a coloured pen. Then pull out a number, show it to the children - and get them to colour over the matching number on their scorecard if they have it. They’ll love yelling ‘Bingo!’ when they get a full house.

Tropical Triumph

Play Tropical Triumph together by reading out a category on one of the animal cards (e.g. length). The player with the highest number on their top card wins, and that player collects all the cards in play. They then get to choose one of the four categories (length, weight, lifespan or special skill) from the next card. Bags me the giraffe!

Dominoes

Play dominoes by taking it in turns to place a card from your hand onto the table. The next player can add a domino card next to the first one if they have a number which matches either side. For example, if the first card shows a pair of fours, you can only play a domino card that has one end marked with four dots. If you can’t play onto either end of the domino card chain, you miss your turn and take another card from the pile. Whoever plays all of their domino cards first wins.

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

Handy tips

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.

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.

Get your child to think up a tasty feast their toys might enjoy – and then get them to write everything down in a shopping list. They could think about how many potatoes they’d need to buy? What’s for dessert?