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Snakes and ladders


Snakes and ladders

What to do with this activity?

There's a lot of counting involved in the classic board game of Snakes and Ladders. You can buy the game cheaply in many shops, and it's a great way of spending family time together.

It's not a game of skill, but it will teach your child about taking turns, step-by-step counting, and how to win and lose gracefully. 

If you are on the move, you can play snakes and ladders with your child online here. However, we think the physical game is much more fun and is a better activity for your child. 

  • 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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