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Supporting Children in Number

It’s not uncommon for children to have trouble with maths. Maths difficulties can show at different ages and in lots of ways.

How can I help my child with maths at home?

Count your steps as you take a walk.

Count by 1's, 5' s, and 10's

Give your child coins to practice counting money

Give your child story problems to try and solve.

Have your child explain how to solve the problem.

Have children point out patterns they find.

Let your child help you cook. Cooking involves a lot of counting and measuring.

Help your child learn maths vocabulary.

Teaching your child to count out the correct quantity

Many children find this difficult and need visual support to help them develop an understanding of quantity

  •  Build towers with Duplo bricks and match them up to number cards set out on a tray.
  • Cut out egg cartons to create a set of quantities for counting objects into.
  • Collect a range of cartons and trays that are used for fruit and veg packaging – they come in a variety of sizes so you can count out objects into them.
  • Make number frames of different quantities using lollipop sticks.
  • Use coloured tape on the floor to make giant number frames and count out plastic plates into the frames.
  • Make a home-made abacus for counting using household objects such as pipe cleaners, skewers, beads or buttons.
  • Make number biscuits and count out different amounts of smarties or chocolate chips onto each one.
  • Use baby wipe lids to make counting frames and ask your child to count out buttons into each frame.
  • Stick numbers onto the front of tin cans and count objects into them.
  • Make simple fruit kebab recipes and count fruit pieces onto the skewer.

First to 10 (or 20)

This game is great for simple adding (and subtracting). It also involves a competitive element. What you need to play:

  • Dice (you can play with one or two)
  • A Lego® baseboard
  • A minifigure each
  • Lego® bricks


How to play:

1. Choose your minifigure and place it on the baseboard.

2. Decide what will be the winning score (e.g. 10).

3. Take turns to throw the dice. Place that number of bricks under your minifigure.

4. First one to reach the score wins the battle.

You can always play in reverse. Start with 20 and takeaway bricks. First to the ground (the base plate) wins.

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