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Conker Counting

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As i’m fond of saying on this website, counting and number recognition are two very different skills. Your little one might be able to count confidently to 10 (or more!) but that doesn’t equate to being able to read what a number represents. At the moment, my Miss 3.10 is working on recognising numbers and so I thought i’d make use of the gazillion conkers we’ve collected recently…

You will need:

  • Egg carton (in Austria they come in boxes of 10, if you have the standard 12, just cut off two sections from the box)
  • Black Marker
  • 10 conkers

What to do:

  1. Write the numbers 1-10 in the sections of the egg carton, then repeat on the conkers.
  2. Introduce the activity, talk through the numbers written on the egg carton, then again on the conkers.
  3. Invite your little one to match the numbers – I’d also recommend saying the number with them to help with recognition.

Why you should try this activity

  • Fine motor skills: grasping the conkers
  • Hand-eye coordination: placing the conkers in the correct compartment
  • Language development: not only with identifying the numbers, but you can talk about the feel of the conkers e.g. smooth, shiny, hard.
  • Early numeracy: counting the conkers, recognising the numerals.

This is also really a completely free resource! Save up your egg cartons – they are handy for so many activities – and get yourself to the park to collect the conkers!

Age Recommendations

Due to the size of conkers and the fact they can be toxic if consumed, I wouldn’t recommend this activity for the under 3s or indeed any child who still has a tendency to put things in their mouths.

Other variations of this activity include:

  • Letter recognition
  • Name recognition
  • Number bonds to 10
  • Multiplication

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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