Below is a list of counting challenges and activities which your child will be completing in school this year. Can you try any of them at home?

Counting Challenges:

- count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
- count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals
- count in multiples of twos, fives and tens
- given a number, identify one more and one less
- use
Ordinal number from 1
^{st}to 10^{th} - recognise and count groups of objects and match to correct numeral

Suggested Activities:

- Ball catch in 1s,2s, 5s, 10s. Start with different numbers once children are confident with the pattern
- Count pairs of socks, towers of 10 cubes, groups of 5 pencils etc
- Count in reverse using a different activity e.g. magic wand, to allow children to begin to differentiate between forwards and backwards
- Play ‘read, write, find’ and focus on any problem numbers
- Play ‘Race to…..’ or ‘Race back to…..’ to help writing numbers alongside counting
- Play 1 more/ 1 less dice game
- Play ordinal number barrier games
- Play ‘mystery word’ using ordinal number clues from current
reading book e.g. my mystery word is on the 5
^{th}page…. on the 8^{th}line….. it is the 2^{nd}word - What is the 3
^{rd}letter of your name? - Use ordinal number in everyday situations eg who is 8
^{th}in our line? - What comes after 6? Before 9? After 17? Before 15?
- 15,16,17….what are the next 3 numbers?
- 10,20,30…what is the next number?
- If we count round the circle in 1’s starting at Ben with 5, who will say 9? And if we count back start at Amy with 17, who will say 8?
- What is 2 more than 6? What is 2 less than 7?
- Listen to the 10p’s drop into the tin, tell me when we have 70p.
- Count around the circle in 10’s starting at Sam with 30, who will say 90?
- 3,13,23, what are the next 2 numbers?
- 54,44,34, what are the next 2 numbers?
- There are 25 beads on this string, how many will there be if I put 10 more on?
- Count using different voices to 100.
- Count out 1 more or 2 more/less wrapped sweets than the number on my dice.
- What number is missing in this counting pattern?
- Count forwards and backwards from 2 given numbers to 100.
- Peg 2 digit number cards on a washing line e.g. 29-41, which one is in the wrong place and why?
- Estimation games e.g. How many beads are in this jar?
- Close your eyes, listen to the number of claps, how many did you count, was that more / less than the previous number of claps?
- Have we got enough pebbles in this jar to give everybody 1?
- Count objects from a larger set and stop when we have enough.
- Count a random number of objects from in a Feely Bag.