Continue playing games involving number. If your child is secure with numbers to 20 you can play some of the following games, but asking 1 more or 1 less questions, or incorporating addition and subtraction.
- Play board games that involve counting: Board games are great for helping children recognise numbers and counting the number of moves. Other, more complex games involve two dice or doubling the number that comes up for each move.
- The Card Game War: Use a deck of cards or number cards given in your home learning pack. Each player to put two cards down. The highest sum of the two cards wins.
- Towers: Use Lego or other construction blocks to build a tower. Turn all the number cards over. Ask your child to choose one and then they need to build a tower using that number of bricks. Can they tell you what 1 more or 1 less is? Can they add two cards together and use the total number to build their tower? Can they write it as a number sentence (e.g. 6 + 5 = 11)
- Guess My Number: We love to play this game at school. Place the number cards out. Choose a number in your head, but keep it secret. Your child has to ask you questions to work out the number you have chosen (e.g. Is it bigger than 4, is it less than 8, does it have 2 digits). As you answer turn over or take away the number cards it can't be (e.g. if it is bigger than 4, take away all the cards 0-4). Your child can choose a number for you to guess.
- Playdough: Ask your child to choose a number card and then make that number of playdough balls. Can they tell you what 1 more would be, or if you took 1 away, what 1 less would be? Can they add two groups together?
- Skittles: Blu tack a number card onto each skittle or drinks bottle. Play skittles. Ask your child to count how many were knocked over. Can they tell you the numbers on the skittles that were knocked down? Can they order the knocked down skittles?
At bath time have a variety of different size and shape containers. Which will hold the most water? How do you know? Test your ideas. Can you order the containers by how much water they hold?
Can you hide a toy and then direct an adult to find it? Can you use words such as 'forwards', 'backwards', 'to the side', 'side step', 'turn', 'left' and 'right' to help guide them to the toy? How many steps do you think they might been to take?
Estimating is taking a good guess at how much or how many there may be. Fill a container with some buttons, pennies, twigs or another object you have lots of. You can start with less at first. How many do you think are in the container? Count them out. How close were you? Try again with a different amount.