This activity actually comes in 3 parts, depending on the age of the child doing it.  All 3 parts are very simple and there is a handy print out for you.  This maths activity will help develop key maths skills that they will need including accurately counting, number recognition and writing out simple sums.

You will need:

Part 1 of the activity – ideal for children aged 2-4 years

All your little one will need to do for this one is roll the dice, accurately count the dots and then mark of on the chart which number it was.

YC correctly recognising that there were 2 dots and finding the write number to mark off.

YC correctly recognising that there were 2 dots and finding the write number to mark off.

Part 2 of the activity – ideal for children aged 3-5 years

The only thing different with this part is that instead of rolling 1 dice they are using 2, which means they are having to count to higher numbers.

This one took a few attempts to get. YC tends to move her finger from dot to dot faster than she can count.

This one took a few attempts to get. YC tends to move her finger from dot to dot faster than she can count.

Part 3 of the activity – ideal for children aged 4-6 years 

This one is slightly trickier.  When they roll both dice they need turn it into a sum.  For example if they roll a 3 and a 6 they would have to write 3+6= 9.

I did this activity with YC while EC was doing his homework (YC gets really annoyed when she doesn’t have homework to do and her brother does).  We only did parts 1 and 2 as she has only just started learning about addition at school.  It was a very useful activity to do with her as her counting isn’t always accurate and she sometimes, depending what mood she is in, finds it hard to pick out the right numbers.  Although she did the activity by herself, I was next to her making sure she was counting each spot precisely and reminding her of our actions for each number in case she couldn’t find it.

This activity may help the development of:

  • Counting
  • Number recognition
  • Simple addition
  • Confidence