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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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Handy tips

Playing dice games with your child is a simple way you can help them with their counting.

When you’ve finished reading a story, ask your child to write or draw a new story about their favourite character in the book.

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!