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Connect Four is a game for two people. First you choose a colour. Then take it in turns to drop a disc into a grid that is usually seven columns by six rows. The aim is to get four of your coloured discs in a row, straight up, across, or diagonally. At the same time you need to keep an eye on your playmate to make sure they don't get four in a row before you. The first person to get four in a row wins the game.
You can try out an online version of the game if you don't have one at home. You can play against the computer or against each other. Check out "Four in a Line" from the Maths is Fun website; and here's another version of Connect 4 online.
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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