Young children love patterns and quickly learn to repeat the numbers from 1 to 10 if the adults around them model this. Here are some activities you can try.

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Skill: S*ay the forward number word sequence (from 0 to at least 30 and later to 50)

*Question:* **How far** can we **count?**

*Things to do:* Chant together. Play hide and seek.

**Skill: Say the backward number word sequence (counting down from at least 20 and later from 50)**

*Questions*: Can we **count backwards**? Can we count all the way **down to zero**? **How far up** can we **start**?

*Things to do*: Chant together. Do a rocket blast off.

**Skill: Say the forward number word sequence from a given number**

*Questions:* What happens if we **start counting at** (eg 4) instead of zero? Is that **possible**? Can you show me? Shall we try that together?

**Skill: Say the backward number sequence from a given number**

*Questions: *Could we start **counting backwards from** a different number like 27? Is that possible? Can you show me? Shall we try that together?

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