Package 2-1 - Kindergarten Mathematics - The counting game

This task is designed to offer your child multiple opportunities to explore important aspects of counting.

Week 3 - Package 1 - Kindergarten Mathematics - The counting game

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete these tasks.

Ideal

  • The counting game

  • A collection of 24 items (for example pasta, counters, pegs or blocks)

  • A marker

  • A piece of paper

Back up

  • Read the instructions about how to play the game below

Why is this activity important?

This task is designed to offer your child multiple opportunities to explore important aspects of counting.

Before you start

Make sure you have the required resources ready. Check that the videos are working and audio settings are correct for your child.

What your child needs to know and do

This task is easily adaptable and your child can bring to it whatever they know about numbers and counting.

What to do next

View: The counting game

How to play:

  • Use 24 as a target number.

  • Take it in turns to count on by saying the next 1, 2 or 3 number words in the sequence, placing items into a central pile as they are counted.

  • Players collect a point if they say the target number.

  • A new target number is chosen and players play again.

  • Try playing forward and backward.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Change the target number to 12, for example.

Activity too easy?

Try counting backwards. You can also change the target number and play without counters.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • What would happen if I had said....instead of ...? (Identify a point time, when playing the game, to ask this question.)

  • How could we change the game to make it more/less challenging?

Extension/Additional activity

Go outside into your garden or to a park, if you can. Find different things to count. Try counting forwards and backwards.


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