Early Years Activities - Number

Baskets

Age 3 to 5

This activity encourages children to practise their sharing and counting skills by putting small objects into some baskets.

Number Talks

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children have the opportunity to talk about what they see when they look at a number representation.

Hidden Jewels

Age 3 to 5

In this 'hide and reveal' game, children are encouraged to say the number of gems without counting them.

The Voting Station

Age 3 to 5

This task encourages children to count and compare numbers when using 'voting bricks' to vote for a book at story time.

Using Books: The Doorbell Rang

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, the book 'The Doorbell Rang' by Pat Hutchins provides an engaging context in which children can practise sharing.

Estimation Station

Age 3 to 5

This activity involves filling a jar with small objects to encourage estimation and counting skills.

Using Books: Maisy Goes Camping

Age 3 to 5

In this task, the book 'Maisy Goes Camping' by Lucy Cousins introduces children to the idea of using the size and number of objects to work out how many will fit in a 'tent'.

Golden Beans

Age 3 to 5

This task provides children with an opportunity to count 'golden beans' and find a number card to represent how many they have.

Number Book

Age 3 to 5

Creating a 'Book of Four' provides an opportunity for children to collect groups of four objects and consider how the groups of objects are similar.

Double Trouble

Age 3 to 5

This story about some troublesome dogs encourages children to find and model doubles of different numbers.

Owl's Packing List

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, children can practise reading numbers and counting items in order to help Owl pack for his holiday.

Show Me

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children will learn different ways of representing the same number.

Tidying

Age 3 to 5

When tidying away toys in this activity, children will use their counting skills to check that all the toys are in the box.

Shopping - Pirate Poundland

Age 3 to 5

In the pirate pound shop, children can practise their counting skills by choosing ten items to spend their ten pounds on.

Number Rhymes

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, the rhyme 'Ten Green Bottles' is used to encourage children to count backwards to work out how many bottles are left.

Maths Story Time

Age 3 to 5

This story provides an engaging context for children to share out the treasure fairly among the characters.

Incey Wincey

Age 3 to 5

In this game, children roll the dice and count how many steps to move the spider up or down the drainpipe.

Dice

Age 3 to 5

This dice activity encourages children to relate the number on the dice to the number of teddies they need to choose.

Two Halves

Age 3 to 5

This task provides children with the opportunity to investigate halving different shapes and check that they have made two halves.

The Box Game

Age 3 to 5

In this game, children will use their addition and subtraction skills to keep track of the number of toys hidden inside a box when toys are added in or taken out.