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Language and Communication Counts to 3  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Counts to 3 correctly

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths Number and Algebra
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP36
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Matching 1, 2, 3, objects to pictures representing 1, 2, 3, objects

Large laminated cards with the number 1 and one black square and the number 2 and 2 black squares etc (large number cards - Word document);

Sets of objects e.g. pens, cars, bricks;

Tidy up bag/box.

  1. Put out the number cards with 1, 2, 3 on them, and match objects to the numbers;
  2. Count the objects onto the cards, count the objects off the cards and into a box or bag;
  3. Make towers of 1, 2, 3, bricks counting as you go. Give the instruction 'Knock down 3 bricks' etc.

Give lots and lots of chances to practice this skill.

Use the number cards until the child is able to count to 3 most of the time to ensure feelings of success.

Give a model if the child struggles and reward attempts as well as success with praise.

Fun games

Marble run or garage and car run or magnetic fishing game;

1, 2, 3, cards.

  1. Turn the number cards face down and take turns to select one. If the card says '2' that person has 2 cars/marbles/items to fish for, or 2 cars to push down the slope etc.;
  2. As the cars/marbles fished items are used count them out.
Drawings of faces

Colouring pens;


See if the child can tell you how many things to draw. You could give them a choice, for example, should I draw 1, 2 or 3 spots?

Monster faces

Colouring pens;



Soft toys.

Count things in the everyday environment


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