What to do with this activity?
Dice are a terrific counting tool. Each side of the cube (6 sides altogether) has a different number of dots - from 1 to 6 dots.
Show a dice to your child and count the dots on each side. Then invent some games to play together, or with a group of children.
For instance, take turns to throw the dice. When the dice lands, see what number of dots are on top, then jump or clap that number of times.
Play board games that use the dice like "Snakes and Ladders" and "Ludo". Depending on the number of dots on the dice, the player moves their piece that number of squares.
It's all great counting practice, so roll the dice.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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