Numbers are FUN

Incorporate some counting daily, by counting different things like the number of steps to the front door, or number of fingers on one hand. I know, I know, it’s only 4, but just count the thumb as 5 for now 😉 If you are bilingual, then you could count in one language up the stairs and in another down – that is what I do. We live in a second floor flat and there are 4 flights of stairs. I only ever go up to 10 in each language, but it works. It worked on our almost 11 year old and also our 2 and a half year old – he is fluent in English and German already, as was his sister at the same age.

Toddlers wont understand numbers at first. The may begin by copying the words, but they wont really know what numbers mean or how to count. Take it easy, no pressure. start off slowly by counting 2 soft toys, 2 shoes, 2 socks. Then you could try asking them to bring you 2 toy cars, 2 soft toys, 2 crayons etc. When they get the idea of 1 and 2, build on that.

Find nursery rhymes that incorporate counting.  Both mine loved (the littlest still loves, and teh big one loves singing to him):

(hold your 10 fingers up in teh air and wiggle them around)

10 fat sausages sizzling in a pan

10 fat sausages sizzling in a pan

1 went pop and the other went bang (pop you finger in your mouth and clap your hands and hold up 8 fingers and…)

8  fat sausages sizzling in a pan

8 fat sausages sizzling in a pan

1 went pop and the other went bang (pop you finger in your mouth and clap your hands and hold up 6 fingers and repeat until you get to 2 and at the end hold up fists with no fingers and sing…)

No fat sausages sizzling in a pan…..

Remember little and often is best.

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