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Made to measure

There are so many different ways you can help your child understand numbers and what they mean in their everyday activities. And while they’re counting and comparing, they’ll be busy and entertained too.

Splashing around

Keep the kids amused at bath time by giving them different sized containers to play with, and asking them which ones will hold the most water and why? Then let them have fun pouring these into a jug to see how the amounts measure up. Good clean fun.

More or less

While you're out together, you could look for opportunities to chat about different sizes with your child - such as more than, less than, bigger, smaller. Try asking them things like which building is taller? Which car is smaller? Are there more green apples or red apples on display?

Drop by drop

Why not have a go at making a rain catcher? All you need is an empty bottle, and mark a simple scale on it. Then put it outside, wait for a rainy day... and ask your child how much rain there is in the bottle. Keep checking, so they can see if there's more on one day than another.

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

Handy tips

Kids love to talk about their favourite characters from their tv shows or cartoons they like. You could get them to write about them, too. Ask your child to say why they like that character? Are they funny, clever, do they have special powers?

Seasonal: Make a gift list for Christmas/the holidays – what’s on your list? What do you need to get for your friends and family?

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.