What to do with this activity?
Get some chalk and draw a hopscotch design outside on the ground. Copy the picture above. The squares need to be big enough for one foot and to hop between. Here's how to play:
1. Take turns to throw a small stone onto a numbered square. Start with number one. If the stone doesn’t land in the square you lose your turn. If you get the stone into the right square, hop to number 10 (hopping over the square with the stone in it) then turn round and hop back to near where the stone is.
2. Lean down (still on one foot) and pick up the stone. Then hop back to the start. You then throw the stone onto the next highest number and continue.
3. If you step on a line, hop on the wrong square, or step out of the square, you lose your turn.
4. Your goal is to complete the course having thrown the stone onto each number in turn. The first person to do this wins the game!
If your find it easier, watch this youtube video explaining how to play hopscotch. On a rainy day, you can stay inside and mark out the floor using masking tape that lifts easily.
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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