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A disappearing trick will delight your little one, especially if you hide something tasty like a raspberry, a jelly baby, or a chocolate button!
Get three or four plastic cups. Count out loud "one, two, three, four" and if they each have a different colour, name the colours. Now put something small and tasty under one of the cups and slide/shuffle them around. Ask your older baby or toddler to show you which cup they think it is under. If they are right they get the tasty bite. If they are wrong, shuffle the cups and let them try again.
Have fun - let them hear you talk out loud about numbers and colours.
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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