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Add the dice


Add the dice

What to do with this activity?

Have fun with this simple game which gives your child practice in adding two numbers together. Throw two dice at the same time and add the numbers that come to the top of the dice. If you are lucky enough to throw two sixes, the biggest number they would add up to is 12. Encourage them to say the two numbers aloud. For instance,"three plus two adds up to five".  If your child is finding it difficult, let them count the dots out loud. They will gradually get faster.  

  • Why am I doing this?

    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.

  • How can I do more?

    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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