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Good mood food

Combining numbers with food keeps little minds busy – you’ll get a little extra help in the kitchen too.

Deal hunters

Show your child how to become a smart shopper by asking them to help you find the best deals in the weekly shop. As you go around the aisles, talk to them about different deals (e.g. half price and 3 for 2) and encourage them to pick the item that's the best value for money.    

A family get together

If you’re having a family get together, your child will love to get involved helping you plan how much food, juice or seats you'll need. And you could create a checklist with your children - How many people are coming? How many sandwiches do you need to make? How many cups do you need for the children? Roughly what time shall we ask them to arrive? You might have a family organiser in the making.

Weekend treats

Kids and cakes - need we say any more? Helping you bake a tasty treat will be great fun for your child, and they’ll be counting without even realising it. You could search online for an easy recipe - a Victoria Sponge would be perfect - and then go shopping together for the ingredients. While they’re helping you find you need, you can ask 'How much flour do we need? Do we need a big or small bag of flour?' And when you've finished baking, you can help your child cut your cake into halves, quarters, fifths or sixths. Then tuck in.

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Handy tips

Create a tally chart, for example to find out the family’s favourite animal or fruit or TV show. You could also do it the other way round, and find out which vegetable or type of music is their least favourite!

Kids love to talk about their favourite characters from their tv shows or cartoons they like. You could get them to write about them, too. Ask your child to say why they like that character? Are they funny, clever, do they have special powers?

Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.