Fun activities to do at home
Counting and putting numbers in order
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).
- Throw the dice. Can your child guess how many dots there are? Check by counting.
- Ask your child which number on the paper matches the dots on the dice.
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.
Build a tower
For this game you need a dice
and some building blocks or lego bricks.
- Take turns.
- Roll the dice.
- Collect the number of bricks to build your own tower.
- The first to 10 wins!
For a change, start with 10 blocks or bricks each. Take away the number on the dice. First to exactly zero wins.
Roll a shape
Cut out 12 shapes.
Make 3 triangles, 3 squares, 3 rectangles and 3 circles.
- Take turns to roll a dice and collect a shape that has that number of sides, e.g. roll a 4, collect a square.
- The first to have four different shapes wins.
- If you can name each shape you go first next time!
You need something to collect, e.g. sticky shapes, dried beans.
- In turn, one player claps 1, 2, 3, or 4 times while the other player closes his eyes and listens.
- How many claps did you hear? Take that number of shapes.
- The first to make a pattern with 12 sticky shapes wins.
Spot the difference
Draw a row of six big coloured spots.
- In turn, one player closes his or her eyes.
- The other player hides some of the spots with a sheet
- The first player looks and says how many spots are hidden.
- Try with other numbers of spots, e.g. five or seven.
One more, one less
For this game you need a dice, a coin and some building blocks or Lego bricks.
¨ Take turns to roll the dice.
¨ Build a tower with that number of blocks or bricks.
¨ Then toss the coin. Heads means take one brick off. Tails means add one on.
¨ If you can guess how many bricks there will be after this, you keep them!
¨ The first to collect 20 bricks or more wins!
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 and lighter items on an upper shelf.