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One More or One Less


Ask your grown-up to tell you a number. Place this number of raisins or cereal pieces on your plate. If your grown-up says ‘one more’, can you add one more and say the number you have? If your grown-up says ‘one less’, can you eat one then count the number you have left. 


There are 6 frogs on a log. One jumps into the pond. How many frogs are left on the log? Can you draw a picture to show the number of frogs?

Ask a friend or grown-up to place some small toys in front of them and say how many they have. Can you count out a group of toys that is one more?


Build a tower with 7 bricks. Can you build two more towers of bricks, one that uses one less than 7 bricks and one that uses one more than 7? Can you put these in an order? What do you notice?

Ask a grown-up to draw a spotty snake. How many spots does it have? Can you count them? Can you draw a snake that has one less spot? 


Park 5 toy cars in pretend car park. If one car drives away, will there be more or fewer cars? Drive one away and check by counting. Park a different number of cars in the car park and do this again. 


Build a tower with 7 bricks. Can you build two more towers of bricks, one that uses one less than 7 bricks and one that uses one more than 7? Can you put these in an order? What do you notice?

Ordering Numbers


Write the numbers 1-20 on plastic building bricks. Make a tower of 20 bricks and put the numbers in the right order. Can you go backwards too?


Ask an adult to hide numbers to 20 in your house. See if you can find all 20 and put them in order. 


Write the numbers 0-20 on some paper. Cut them up and then ask a grown up to mix them up for you - don't peek! See how quickly you can get them into the right order. 



Collect two bowls. Put three bananas in one bowl and two apples in the other. How many pieces of fruit do you have altogether?  


Hold up four fingers on one hand and three on the other. How many fingers are you asdasdkjhasdjkh holding up altogether?


Play shops with a grown-up. How many items do you have in your basket? How many does your friend have? How many altogether?


Ask a grown-up to help you to draw a picture of the seaside. Draw three sea creatures in the water and two creatures on the sand. How many seaside creatures have you drawn altogether?


Build a tower using six blocks, now build another using four. Can you count how many blocks you have used in total?


Draw circles on a piece of paper and have out different coloured paints. Choose a number between one and twenty. Dip your finger into one of the paints and add that many petals to one of the circles so you can make a flower. Count the petals again to check how many you have and write the number in the middle of the circle. 


Next time you open a packet of raisins, carrot sticks or apple pieces count out how many you have. Can you write the numbers down?



Play ‘Guess the Shape’ with a friend or family member. Describe a shape, remembering to say how many sides and corners it has and to be specific, e.g. “It has 4 sides. It has 4 corners. It has 4 equal sides.” See who can guess the most shapes correctly.



Cut some different shapes out of paper and attach some sticky tack to the back of the shapes. See how many different things you can build with the shapes. You can move the shapes around to makes lots of different pictures if you use sticky tack.


What places, animals or objects can you draw using only 2D shapes? Can you make a train using rectangles, circles and squares? Can you make a rocket using rectangles, triangles and circles? What else can you make?


When you are having a meal at the table, count how many different 2D shapes you can find. What shapes are on your plate, glass and tablemat? You could ask your family to help you find as many as you can.


Look at some empty packages and boxes. What 3D shapes can you see? Can you find a cube, cuboid or cylinder?


Use some pay dough or salt dough  to make some 3-D shapes. Can you make a cube, cuboid, pyramid or cylinder?


Use some empty cardboard packages/boxes to make a model. Maybe you could make a house, rocket, car or a robot. Talk to an adult about the different shapes you use.