What to do with this activity?
Count out loud as much as possible when you are with your child.
Here are some examples of what you can count:
- your child’s fingers, toes, eyes, count the noses of everybody in the room
- forks, knives and plates when you put them on the table
- portions when putting out food “One spoon, two spoons for you..."
- toy bricks, noticing how many of each colour and so on
- birds on a telephone wire
In the bus, car or train count:
- different coloured cars
- birds, dogs or cats
- people on bikes
Maths is more than working with numbers. It also consists of shape and space, patterns, measuring – things you do and come across in everyday life. When children begin to learn formal maths at school, they are building on a foundation of early numeracy learning from home. Even though they may not even be aware of it, parents and children engage in numeracy activity as part of their everyday lives.
Always teach numbers in a natural way through everyday activities and play. Count steps on a stairs, food in your shopping trolley or cows in a field. Compare things when talking big or small, long or short, older or younger and faster or slower: “You carry the small box and I’ll take the big one.” Use the words – up and down, over and under, near or far, more or less when talking to your child. Talk about the shapes of everyday things. Ask your child what shapes they can see around the room they’re in.
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