Make a dice using a cube. Paint on 1, 2, 3 dots (Twice because of the six sides)

Teacher places flash cards with 1, 2, 3 dots & 1, 2, 3 numbers on the table in a line. Teacher starts by rolling the dice. She counts out the number of dots. She matches this number to the flash card with the same number of dots. She holds it up. She then lifts up the no. 2 from the number line. She says it aloud. She then takes two objects from the objects box.
Each child repeats the activity, with assistance from the teacher or childcare assistant.
Emphasis on oral counting. Identify all the people with one object, two etc.
When the children have mastered up to three, the teacher can introduce up to six and repeat the activity.
When the child rolls 3 the teacher can give him a flash card of the number 3 and ask him to find another like it.

Assessment Comments: This game can be played two or three times a week over a period of a year. Make this an enjoyable activity; for a treat count out jelly babies &eat them.

Follow-up Work: Children can do worksheets matching number of objects to number of objects; number of objects to the numerals; match numerals. When the children can recognise the numbers 1-6 and count out the correct number they can practice writing the numerals by tracing their finger over sandpaper letters. The children can begin to form the numerals on their own.

This activity can be extended for more able children by using unifix bricks. Children can be given unifix bricks instead of objects. The children can build up a stack with these bricks & compare them for Biggest/ Smallest/Same as.
Children can combine their bricks eg. 2+3. This can help with the early stages of addition.
By separating the bricks, children can experience the early stages of subtraction.