Your child would love a little counting practice with you. They’ll learn loads just from talking to you and playing games like these. The more counting games you play, the better they’ll get at maths – it’s as simple as that!

  • Number magnets
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Number flashcards
Break up your number magnets, mix them up and help your child count forwards from Zero-10. Stick each number on the fridge or the radiator as you go. When you've stuck all the numbers up, practise counting backwards from 10-Zero together.
Help them learn through play with some quick questions: What happens when you land on a snake? And what comes after 29? Can you try counting in tens up the board? Show them how to use their counter or finger to count up the board as you go.
Ask your child to put all the number cards into a pile. Next, help them to find the 'less than', 'greater than' and 'equals' cards. Put the cards down one at a time while asking your child to guess whether the next card will be 'greater than', 'less than' or 'equal to' the last card.

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Handy tips

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Read as often as you can, wherever you are

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Find opportunities for equal sharing (e.g. 3 grapes each)

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Talk about how long everyday events take (e.g. cooking times, journey times)