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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 child to think up a tasty feast their toys might enjoy – and then get them to write everything down in a shopping list. They could think about how many potatoes they’d need to buy? What’s for dessert?

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.

If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.