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Playing ball games

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.

Hang on! Try my amazing Read ideas.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Handy tips

Ask your child to write about a castle they would build for a King or Queen. They could think about how many rooms it would have, what might be in the rooms, and what they’d be used for.

Try spotting shapes together – how many circles, triangles or squares can your child spot in the room. After they’ve named the shape, they could look for other items with the same shape.

Play ‘guess what happens next’ when reading stories together. Kids have a great imagination, and it’s amazing what they can think up!