## We're going to practice counting.

Together with your child start counting slowly from 1 to 12.

Don't count too fast - leave a beat between each number.

**1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12**

Count from 1 to 12 again, but this time take it in turns to say alternate numbers.

**1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12**

Repeat this a few times, try:

whispering/shouting alternate numbers (make it fun);

stand tall to say a number/crouch low for the next;

arms in the air/arms by your side...

**NEXT**

Start at 10 and count back from there to zero.

As before, count together, and then count alternate numbers.

**FINALLY**

Count up and down a few more times. Choose a different starting number each time.

**PARENTS**

Be creative and keep this fun.

You can clap for each number, and if your child want's to swing their arms and march up and down to the numbers that's fine.

If you want you can extend this so your child is counting real objects rather than just saying the words. Grab a handful of pebbles or beads and drop them one at a time into a tin or empty bucket (anything that makes a clear noise). You can count with your child as each object hits the tray/bucket.