Maths – Recognising numbers and counting
Draw an outline of a person on a piece of paper and have some small objects that can be used for buttons (pebbles, buttons, bottle tops, counters, rolled up tin foil etc). As a treat you many wish to use some jellybeans, chocolate drops or raisins as a yummy alternative! This is your little spaceman.
Have number cards 1-3, 1-5 or 1-10 written out with the corresponding number of dots on each card to represent the matching number. Fold the cards in half and pop in a bowl or pop them in a gift bag.
Ask your child to choose a number card from the bag/bowl. Can they recognise the number? Now count out that many buttons onto your spaceman. Encourage your child to count slowly and to count loudly as they put each ‘button’ onto the spaceman.
If your child needs more of a challenge you could:
Challenge your child to say how many they would have if they had one more button on their spaceman. Can they stretch their sentence by saying “One more than…is…”?
Challenge your child to say how many they would have if one button popped off! Can they stretch their sentence by saying “One less than…is…”?
Have two spacemen. Ask your child to pick out two numbers and add them together by counting out the correct number of buttons onto each spaceman!