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To be able to count reliably by touching one object for each number that is counted aloud.

Background Notes
Basically, this is being able to touch or move one object for each number that is being Happy Kid with apples.

I’m sure you’ve watched children try to count four objects and just shout out lots of different numbers whilst randomly touching the objects over and over.  Believe it or not this is a start! They have been watching and are mimicking your actions.

I think it is important to realise that children can learn to count with practically anything you give them and it isn’t necessary to buy loads of products, although some of them are lovely and colourful.

This is an important concept for children to understand and crucial to get to grips with for successful progression.

Although you can, of course, spend time with purposeful counting sessions, I would recommend it is something you do within the course of the day.  
For instance, count the potatoes you are using for dinner, moving one at a time as you count.

Counting out the blocks to make a tower, counting toys, books etc when tidying away are all ways of demonstrating how to count successfully.


These are good especially as they are useful for other maths work, colours, sorting, counting, matching, threading (encourages development of hand/eye co-ordination).  The cotton reels are light and bright and for counting they can be moved easily.
They are available from Amazon for £4.99.



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Even the youngest of children seem to be able to find their way through a computer, tablet or mobile so it seems sensible to use this as another learning resource.

This program has 21 activities based around three popular children’s counting songs: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Ducks went swimming one Day and Five Green and Speckled Frogs

£14.75 from Amazon


If using objects with very young children please remember not to use small or sharp objects such as buttons, beads, pens etc.

In the beginning it is a good idea to move the objects as you count them and move them to a pot, tray, bowl or even another table.  This gives children time to grasp the idea and makes it easier for them to mimic the action.

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