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The Numtums are ten cartoon creatures that have numbers on their tummies. You might have seen their five minute episodes on Cbeebies television channel (which of course is free of advertising).
Each episode concentrates on just one number. Look at the video above with your three or four year old and enjoy the number "3".
Find a video featuring the number "2" here.
When your child goes to primary school, in junior and senior infants they will spend lots of time learning the numbers 0 - 5. There is no rush learning - keep focus on the first three numbers for the moment. The main thing is that your child enjoys the videos, and sees other children enjoying numbers too.
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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