Activities for counting and number patterns:

- Count your stairs going up and down. Try counting backwards when going downstairs.
- Count the stairs starting on a different number - you could place a different number card on the bottom stair, to start on each day!
- Count the number of birds in your garden. Can you count backwards as each one flies away?
- Count the number of times you can jump in one minute; hop in one minute; run up and down your garden in one minute.
- Count the number of: biscuits in a packet; crisps in a packet; forks around the table; plates in the cupboard; items in a shopping basket.
- Recognise numbers around the environment: car number plates; house numbers; road signs; prices; numbers on clocks; shop signs; bus numbers.
- When you have spotted a number, find out what is one more or less?
- Using magnetic numbers on the fridge - put a number line 1 to 10 up then remove a number. What is the missing number? Make it the magic code to crack before opening the fridge.
- Using magnetic numbers and a number line. Mix up two of the numbers. Can you spot which two are swapped round?
- Place three numbers on a fridge. Which numbers come next?
- Learn and sing some simple counting number songs, such as: "One potato, two potato, three potato, four...", or "One, two, three, four, five, Once I caught a fish alive..."
- Count how many times you can catch a ball without dropping it.