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Number recognition is essential for all ages and here is a game you can play with any child with just a few variations to vary the level of difficulty. Have fun!

EYFS

Focus intially on numbers 1-5 and build up to 1-20 when your child is ready.

Number Dab!

Write a selection of numbers down in a random arrangement. These numbers can be written anywhere to add interest: on paper, on the floor, on a window, on a mirror, on post-its, on a chalk board etc. The more varied the medium used the better! It means the same game can be played again and again, but delivered in a different way!

The aim of the game is to shout out numbers and for your child to point them out either by pointing, jumping, dabbing with a bingo dabber or felt-tip pen. The way they point out the number will depend on how the game is set up.

Once they are confident, ask the children to use objects to show the value of each amount too. Use marbles, counters, sweets, nature etc or ask the children to draw the number.

Finally, introducing one more or less will help deepen your child's understanding.

KS1

Focus intially on numbers 1-20 and build up to 1-100 when your child is ready.

Number Dab!

Write a selection of numbers down in a random arrangement. These numbers can be written anywhere to add interest: on paper, on the floor, on a window, on a mirror, on post-its, on a chalk board etc. The more varied the medium used the better! It means the same game can be played again and again, but delivered in a different way!

The aim of the game is to shout out numbers and for your child to point them out either by pointing, jumping, dabbing with a bingo dabber or felt-tip pen. The way they point out the number will depend on how the game is set up.

Once they are confident, ask the children to use objects to show the value of each amount too. Use marbles, counters, sweets, nature etc or ask the children to draw the number. In school, we draw lines to represent tens and dots to represents ones.

Finally, introducing one/ten more or less will help deepen your child's understanding.

KS2

In years 3 and 4, focus intially on numbers 1-100 and build up to 1-1000 when your child is ready. In years 5 and 6, a wide range of numbers should be explored! Look at decimals, negative numbers and all the way up to 6 or 7 figures!

Number Dab!

Write a selection of numbers down in a random arrangement. These numbers can be written anywhere to add interest: on paper, on the floor, on a window, on a mirror, on post-its, on a chalk board etc. The more varied the medium used the better! It means the same game can be played again and again, but delivered in a different way!

The aim of the game is to shout out numbers and for your child to point them out either by pointing, jumping, finding, dabbing with a bingo dabber or felt-tip pen. The way they point out the number will depend on how the game is set up.

Once they are confident, ask the children to use objects to show the value of each amount too. Use things like straws to represent 10s, plastic cups to represent 100s, varied sized tupperware boxes to represent thousands etc.

Alternatively, use the column headings M, HTh, TTh, Th, H, T, U . t, h, th for your child to place items of the correct value in that column. Basically, any way the children can visualise the number the better!

Finally, introducing  0.1, 1, 10, 100, 1000, 100,000 more or less will help deepen your child's understanding.

Thank You!

Keep PLAYing!

Mrs Swimby

P.S Please send in any photos of games played to jswimby@horwichparish.net if you don't mind the image being used!

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