It’s the little things you do together every day that make a difference. And when it comes to getting practice with numbers, the more you do together – the better. So the next time you’re down the park for a kick-about, try these activities.

  • Count throws
  • Goalie game
  • Keepy-uppy challenge

Count throws to each other

How to: Practise counting when you’re throwing the ball to each other. Try different ways of counting to mix things up a little. Start by counting in twos (2, 4, 6…) and then have a go at counting in fives (5, 10, 15…) and tens (10, 20, 30…).

Keep the score playing goalie

How to: Make goalposts with your jumpers. Take it in turns to go in goals. For every ball you get in add a point, and for every ball you miss subtract a point. Encourage them to keep score throughout the game.

Have a go at the keepy-uppy game

How to: Take turns at keepy-uppies down the park. For everyone you kick add ten points and for every time you drop the ball subtract five points. Ask them to keep the score while you play.

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Handy tips


Take opportunities to count together wherever you go


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