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I just wanted to let you know about a really brilliant game for matching numerals to quantity that I have been playing with our 3 and 4 year olds. The game is really simple as they spin a spinner and it lands on a number between 1- 6 then they have to find a dog with corresponding number of spots. This helps children develop early maths skills like giving one and only one counting word to every item counted. This is called the 1 to 1 principle and is an essential part of learning to count. As is the stable order principle which means that numbers need to be counted in the same order i.e 1,2,3 etc.

Children can also learn to take turns! Once the game has finished, the children turn their dogs over and there are pictures of baskets with bones which they then have to total.

The best bit is that children love playing the game and I am also amazed that even at 4 years old, they can look at the dog and estimate accurately how many of spots there are!