Make a minute count.

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 1st to 10th
  • 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 5th page…. on the 8th line….. it is the 2nd word
  • What is the 3rd letter of your name?
  • Use ordinal number in everyday situations eg who is 8th 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.

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