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Sharing the fun

Counting and sharing go really well together – and it can be easy to mix the two whether you’re playing together, or having a meal or snack.

One for you, one for me

If you've got a game or toys that come with lots of different pieces - like building blocks, or toy cards - you could use these to help your child share out items into equal groups - 5 for you, 5 for me, and so on. Share nicely now.

Number crunching

Next time you’re serving up a meal for the family, try asking your child to count out a certain number of things for each person - it could be potatoes, carrots, or even peas or baked beans. 34 beans for me please!

Sweet treats

Ask your child to count out 3 grapes, or 4 strawberries or 5 blueberries for each of you. Then get them to find out what happens if they have 6 grapes and give 3 away.

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Handy tips

Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.

Most kids love popping bubble wrap – and if you have lying around at home, why not have a bubble wrap race? Who can pop the most in a minute? You can count the burst bubbles together to find out.

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.