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Ireland is divided into four provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. Each province is made up of several counties. The province of Ulster is made up of counties from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland has 26 different counties, and Northern Ireland has 6 counties - a total of 32 counties in the whole island of Ireland.
Whenever you go on a journey in Ireland, get your child to notice the counties that you visit or pass through. Find out on a map which counties are beside the county you live in.
If your child is interested in sport they might know which county is good at hurling, Gaelic football or soccer. Have a look at a map and see where that county is.
Here's a great game from Ask About Ireland for learning the provinces and counties of the island of Ireland. First you must correctly locate the four provinces, then you locate counties within that province.
Here's another challenging online game from Ireland 101 to test your child's knowledge of the counties. Do it more than once to learn from mistakes.
Click the yellow activity link below to find a blank map with all the county boundaries marked. If you have a printer you can print copies. See how many counties your child can identify. It's difficult, so it will take practice.
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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