Counting and Ordering KS1

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'.

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.

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.

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.

Beat the Clock

Age 3 to 5

Children use everyday language to talk about time, to compare quantities and to solve problems

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.

Counting Collections in the Early Years

Age 3 to 5

In this article for practitioners, Cath Gripton and Deliah Pawluch explore the 'counting collections' approach, which encourages children to spend time playing and experimenting with counting.

Counting Collections

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, children choose collections of items to count and are supported as they find ways to keep track of, and record, their counting.

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.

Domino Sequenceslive

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Find the next two dominoes in these sequences.

Writing Digits

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number she wrote?

Robot Monsters

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Next Domino

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?

Same Length Trains

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?

Buzzy Bee

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decorated the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?

100 Square Jigsaw

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?

Shut the Box

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

An old game but lots of arithmetic!

Five Steps to 50

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?

Biscuit Decorations

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?

All Change

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?

Missing Middleslive

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you work out the domino pieces which would go in the middle in each case to complete the pattern of these eight sets of three dominoes?

Making Sticks

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?

Grouping Goodies

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?

That Number Square!

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

How quickly can you put back the numbers on the hundred square? What's the smartest way to do it?

Dotty Six

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.