1. Can you say the number?
2. Can you show me the number using your fingers?
3. Can you find and recognise the number in your home?
4. Can you make the number using other resources?
5. Can you count that amount of objects?
6. Can you write the number?
7. Can you find one more than number?
8. Can you find one less than number?
(Use a number line like mine to help as this concept is very tricky! Or let your child pretend to buy an item from you then discuss: if you bought one more how many would you have? If you returned / gave it back - how many would you have then?)
Start at question 1. and work through the questions at your child’s pace. The questions get more challenging the higher you get. Don’t worry if they can’t quite reach question 8, these are really tricky tasks for nursery aged children.
Colour sorting: Put of collection of toys or any house hold objects into a pile and sort them according to their colour. You can add more colours as your child develops this skill.
Roll and Build: You can create your own boards using paper and pen, and make it specific for your child's ability using numbers that they already recognise, including some more you would like them to learn. Use lego to build or any block shaped items / recycling you have at home.
Count and Cover: You can create this board at home using stickers or pen to draw circles. You could use other shapes as well as circles to challenge your child even further; again make the numbers specific for your child's ability.
Five in a Row: This game can be played with any boards you have previously created, but the aim of the game is to get 5 in a row - this can be horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Looking for 5 in a row as well as playing the game, will further develop your child's thinking and maths skills.
Number Crash: Create this board game using numbers / shapes specific to your child. Role the dice to race to the end of the board, when you land on a number / shape you must say the number that you see. Having the numbers in a random order will challenge your child to recognise the number individually, rather than being able to count up to the number.
Caterpillar Counting: Use your finger and paint to create counting caterpillars. Write the number that you want your child to count to by the caterpillars head and let them dab out the caterpillar's body.
Lego Blocks: Using Lego or any other type of blocks you have at home, write a number on the side of each block then mix up the order for your child to build a tower in the correct order. Again use specific numbers for your child's ability. Can they count backwards?
You could also play a game of pairs with the number Lego, just write at least 2 of each number on the pieces.
Pattern Blocks: Using Lego blocks or similar, create pattern cards using paper and coloured pens for your child to copy the pattern you have created.
You could also challenge them to create their own 2 or 3 colour patterns, e.g red, blue, red, blue, red, blue.
Pattern games can be completed using many different natural resources (stones, sticks, leaves) or resources that can be found in the house e.g. cutelry: spoon, fork, knife, spoon, fork, knife.