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# 7 Ways To Boost Your Baby Or Toddlers Number Skills

Time to dust off those maths skills (sans calculator) and start teaching your baby or toddler about numbers

He may be too young for times tables, long division and Pythagoras theorem (thats a2 = b2 + c2 dont yknow? *cough* Thanks Googlehellip;) but its not too early to begin introducing your baby to numbers.

Remove the sharp parts from some curtain rings and start demonstrating the idea of quantity to your baby by stacking them up.

lsquo;Also spread the pile out so he can see amounts in different set ups, says Claire Burgess, early years consultant at childcare training institute Norland College.

‘Spread the pile out so he can see amounts in different set ups’

lsquo;Take a kitchen roll holder or mug tree and let him put the rings on while you count for him.

With the mug tree, even stick numbered labels to the branches.

Finally, a use for those shoe boxes filling up your wardrobe. Gather different sized containers (cardboard, jewellery, chocolatehellip; whatever) and let your baby put them inside each other.

lsquo;This helps him begin to learn about sizes and matching, says Claire.

Cut up pieces of card and write numbers on them, starting with one to five.

lsquo;Put a corresponding amount of objects on each card, so a sieve on number one, two curtain rings on number two, three spoons on number three, says Claire.

lsquo;This encourages your childs understanding of ordering and sequencing.

One for toddlers over the age of two. Buy some magnetic fridge numbers and attach them to the base of different size pots and pans.

lsquo;Then, when your child turns each one over to discover a number, say it together and ask him if he can find the same number anywhere else ndash; or even that amount of objects somewhere, says Claire.

As well as specific games, bring numbers into your childs every day activities.

lsquo;Count stairs when youre taking him up and down, sing number nursery rhymes, and count his fingers and toes at bathtime, says Claire.

Another toddler activity. Have him help you lay the table for meals, talking about how many plates, cups and forks you need.

lsquo;And at snack time, ask him how many grapes hed like and then count them out, says Claire. lsquo;Its about making the most of easy opportunities.

Make a game of putting three or four items (to start with) under a blanket or towel. Take one away and ask your toddler to guess whats missing.

lsquo;Keep counting the objects so hes gaining a concept of numbers the whole time, says Claire.

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