This is just an easy and simple maths game to help little ones with counting, writing their numbers and gross motor skills.

You will need:

  • A balloon
  • A piece of paper
  • Pen


All you need to do is get the children to count how many times they can hit the balloon up without it touching the floor. When it does hit the floor, they have to write the number down onto the piece of paper.

YC was trying really hard to write her numbers correctly.

YC was trying really hard to write her numbers correctly.

It is such a simple activity, but you should never under estimate how much fun children have hitting a balloon up into the air and chasing it around. EC and YC really got into the spirit of things and were tearing around the playroom trying to smack it back up. We had a whale of a time. We even had turns to see how many times we could hit it up individually, both EC and YC only managed 4 times (the lego box got in the way). When I had my go I kept it going until I reached 100, which was great practice for EC’s counting, he kept getting to the end of a group of 10s and then would skip ahead to 90! So we got 29 90! Then 38 39 90!

That pesky lego box kept getting in the way.

That pesky lego box kept getting in the way.

The best part of this activity was they didn’t even realise that they were practicing their maths skills! To them, we were just playing with a balloon.

This activity may help development of:

  • Counting in rote
  • Writing
  • Pencil grip
  • Number recognition
  • Gross motor skills

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Balloon counting: Count how many times that children can hit a balloon into the air without it touching the ground, then get them to write that number down. A fun maths activity to help with counting, writing and gross motor skills.


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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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