Use old magazines, comics or greetings cards.
Cut out pictures of animals, or anything else your child is interested in.
Label the animals 1 to 5.
Shuffle the animals. Put them in order from 1 to 5.
Remove one animal. Ask your child which number is missing. Repeat with other numbers and more than one missing number.
Ask your child to say what number comes before or after a number you choose.
When your child can do this, repeat with numbers 1 to 10
Choose a number for the week, e.g. 2.
Encourage your child to look out for this number all the time.
Can your child see the number 2 anywhere?
Find two apples, toys, spoons, straws, sweets, etc.
Make patterns, such as two knives, two forks, two spoons, two knives, two forks, two spoons
Practise writing the number 2.
Choose a different number each week
Use a ‘dotted’ dice and write the numbers 1 to 6 on a sheet of paper (or use the numbered animals).
Teach your child any number rhymes or songs that you know, particularly ones that involve holding up a number of fingers, like Five little speckled frogs. Practise them regularly, with actions.
You can get counting songs on audio tape for a very reasonable price.
Take turns to roll a dice and count back to zero from the number thrown.
For this game you need a dice
and some building blocks or lego bricks.
For a change, start with 10 blocks or bricks each. Take away the number on the dice. First to exactly zero wins.
Cut out 12 shapes.
Make 3 triangles, 3 squares, 3 rectangles and 3 circles.
You need something to collect, e.g. sticky shapes, dried beans.
Draw a row of six big coloured spots.
For this game you need a dice, a coin and some building blocks or Lego bricks.
Practise counting. Start at 5, and count on from there to 11.
Start at 9, count back from there to zero.
Choose a different starting number each time.
Ask your child to help you sort a food cupboard out, putting heavier items on the lower shelf andlighter items on an upper shelf.