A good way to introduce the concept of number is to sing counting songs and rhymes which help to develop children’s understanding of number, such as ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’.

Play games which relate to number order, addition and subtraction, such as hopscotch and skittles and target games. Use number language, e.g. ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘lots’, ‘fewer’, ‘hundreds’, ‘how many?’ and ‘count’ in a variety of situations.

Read number stories or rhymes, ask e.g. ‘When one more frog jumps in, how many will there be in the pool altogether?’ You could also use pictures and objects to illustrate counting songs, rhymes and number stories.

These are just some of the things you could do with your children. In addition, here are some links to helpful websites…