Package 2-5 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Number busting

This activity will help your child to talk about how numbers can be made up of smaller numbers.

Week 3 - Package 5 - Kindergarten Mathematics - Number busting

Things you need

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


  • Number busting video

  • Paper and some pencils

  • A collection of objects (like blocks or dried beans)

Why are these activities important?

Developing number sense means children can talk about how numbers can be made up of smaller numbers (part-part-whole) . This task also supports students in describing other important mathematical relationships like how many more are needed to have 10.

Before you start

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

What your child needs to know and do

Your child might need some help drawing a ten-frame. You can help them by drawing their attention to the structure of the ten-frame.

What to do next

View: Number busting


  • Choose a number such as 7.

  • Get the amount of items for that number. (for example pasta pieces, counters or pencils)

  • Organise your items.

  • Describe your collection.

  • What other ways you can organise your items?

  • Describe your other ways.

  • You may like to use a mathematical structure such as a ten-frame to help you.

game layout

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Watch the videos again. Your child may simply need another opportunity to think about these mathematical ideas.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • Were you surprised by all the different ways to make your number?

  • What did your structure help you notice? (for example ten frame, dice pattern)

Extension/Additional activity

Try the same activity using different equipmentGame layout

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