Teaching number recognition, counting and one-to-one correspondence is easier and more fun if you can engage children in many ways:
- Count everything! Steps are great, biscuits and sweets are popular, lego bricks and farm animals and socks and fingers and breakfast cereal and anything else that comes to hand are possibilities
- Look for numbers wherever you go - on number plates, the front of buses, telephones, the TV controller, T-shirts, posters ... see how many your child can recognise
- Use the whole body - it helps kinaesthetic learners and keeps all children more engaged. That's why counting stairs is so useful! Trace number shapes (using our printables below) or construct numbers with play dough, bricks or other bits and pieces. Make number collages. Go pretend shopping ("can I have two potatoes please") and sing number songs while doing all the actions ("Five Little Monkeys" for example).
- Above all, have fun!
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Use our number word printables to help children learn how to spell the numbers they are learning....