This collection is one of our Primary Curriculum collections - tasks that are grouped by topic.

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### Counting Collections in the Early Years

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.

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### Tidying

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

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### Number Rhymes

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

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### Incey Wincey

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

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### Number Book

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.

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### Estimation Station

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

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### Using Books: Maisy Goes Camping

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'.

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### The Voting Station

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

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### Beat the Clock

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

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### Counting Collections

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.

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### Biscuit Decorations

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?

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### Writing Digits

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?

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### Buzzy Bee

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?

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### Robot Monsters

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

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### Same Length Trains

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

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### All Change

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?

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### How would we count?

An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.

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### That number square

Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?

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### Five Steps to 50

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

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### How Many?

Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?

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### Missing Middles

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?

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### Making Sticks

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?

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### Grouping Goodies

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