Once children have learnt the number names and can say number sounds (see: Counting to 100), they can start to count for real.
Once children have learnt the number names and can say number sounds (see: Counting to 100), they can start to count for real. The important thing about starting to count is what teachers call ‘one-to-one correspondence’: knowing there are four bananas in the bowl because they have counted four bananas, not saying there are four, because it comes after three. It’s a simple thing but fundamentally important to all mathematical learning. And like most of the Essential 100, can be easily mastered at home.
Count as you walk up and down the stairs or as you empty the shopping into the fruit bowl, count the number of steps it takes from the house to the car or how many brushes of hair before bedtime. Take it slowly and point only once to each object that you are counting. Board games like Spotty Dogs and Ladybirds are also fun and easy way to develop counting skills.