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Games for two

Counting with your child is a good way to get them thinking and keep engaged while you spend quality time together.

Number magnets

You can break up 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, why not count backwards from 10-Zero together?

Snakes and ladders

Quick questions can help your child learn while they play - try asking them happens when you land on a snake? What comes after 29? Can you try counting in tens up the board? You could show them how to use their counter or finger to count up the board as you go.

Penny Tumble

Have you ever tried Penny Tumble? Just put 10 coins of the same type into a small container. One person can choose heads, the other tails. Then shake and spill to see who has the most. Count up how many wins each person gets.

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Handy tips

Have a go at making a simple shopping list together, and looking online to work out how much it would cost. What’s the change from £10?

Even mealtimes can turn into storytimes. Ask your child to create a story about the Cutlery family – with characters like Peggy Plate, Jamie Knife, Fiona Fork and Baby Spoon.

Next time you’re in a shop, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer – 2 for £1, say – you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.