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Colour by numbers


Colour by numbers

What to do with this activity?

Colouring by numbers isn't about being creative, but might appeal to a child who likes following instructions carefully. It's also good practice with numbers.

Each number represents a different colour - there's usually a "key" somewhere on the page. Gradually the picture emerges as you add each colour in turn. 

Download and print some numbered colouring pages here. See if you can find more numbered colouring pages online. 


  • 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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