What to do with this activity?
There's lots of counting and learning play that you can do around your home. Count out loud when you are doing things around the house. For instance, count the steps as you go up or down stairs; count spoonfuls of food; count toys in or out of a box.
Collect boxes and containers of different sizes for your child to play with. Play by fitting them inside each other or putting one on top of the other. Shoe shops are a good source of boxes to use for stacking. You can use shoe boxes as large building blocks if you tape on the lids.
Turn tidying up into a sorting game – for example putting dolls or cars into different boxes. Count them aloud as you sort them.
Match things that go together – for example shoes and socks, cups and saucers. Talk about socks and shoes coming in groups of two.
Remember it's never too early to start counting.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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