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Counting and numbers when you are out and about together is a really easy way to keep kids entertained and happy. So why not try these activities the next time you’re down the park for a wee kick-about?

Count throws

Count each time you throw the ball to each other. To mix things up a little, you could try different ways of counting - starting to count in twos (2, 4, 6) say, and then having a go at counting in fives (5, 10, 15) and tens (10, 20, 30). You could even take a point away when someone misses.

Goalie game

Jumpers make fantastic goalposts! Take it in turns to be in goal, and then for every ball that gets through the jumpers add a point. For every ball you miss, subtract a point.

Keepie-uppie challenge

Take turns at keepie-uppies down the park. Start by count each keepie-uppie. Then start again, and this time each keepie-uppie could be worth two points. Then maybe five points. You could even take ae point off each time you drop the ball. You could ask your child to be in charge of keeping score while you play.

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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!

Put some music on, dance around, and get your child to count out different actions with you – like 10 hops or 16 jumps – in time to the music. It’s a good way to use up some excess energy too!

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.