Early Years Counting - techniques to help kids really understand numbers
- when doing up buttons, count out loud, 1, 2, 3 - then undo the last button and ask how many are still done up. The child will be able to associate the last one left done up as the one when you counted "two". They will also notice that this was the number that you said before you said "three".
- when going for a walk, count your steps (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) then ask the child how many steps you will have walked on the next step. They will then associate "six" with being one more than "five".
Use pattern recognition to move on to larger numbers