We all know that getting kids to bed on time can be challenging. Activities like these will help make your bedtime routine easier and more enjoyable. Not only that, they’ll also help your child with numbers.

  • Count footsteps
  • Tell the time
  • Use a timer

Count footsteps or stairs on the way to bed

How to: Encourage your child to practise counting on the way to bed with different types of numbers e.g. One night you could try ‘1, 2, 3...’ and the next night you could try ‘first, second, third…’ When they get really confident, start counting backwards from a hundred.

Talk about what time you’re going to get up

How to: Help your child read the time before bed. Talk about what time you are going to get up and work out how many hours sleep you can have. Use a clock face or your fingers to help you count the hours together.

Time two minutes of teeth brushing

How to: Bring your phone or an egg timer to tooth-brushing time. Encourage your child to set the timer for two minutes before they start brushing their teeth. Get them to brush their top teeth for 30 seconds, then their bottom teeth for 30 seconds and then repeat.

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Handy tips


Involve your child in everyday chores (e.g. sorting laundry or setting the table)


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


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