Numbers can provide a lot of entertainment for small children. They first become aware of the sounds of numbers, then they begin to understand what they mean. Finally they need to recognise them when they are written down.
There are four main skills that children need to develop before they can count. Follow the links to see these explained and how you can help.
- Recognition of the sounds of the numbers.
- The understanding of one-to-one correspondence.
- The understanding of "How many are there?"
- The number of objects is the same however they are arranged.
The next stage is for your child to recognise numbers as symbols which can taught by playing number recognition games.
Once children recognise numbers they will want to start writing them themselves. To help encourage them to form their numbers correctly, use our number formation guide.