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.