Catch the Spider

This game introduces children to one of the vital foundations of numeracy – one-to-one correspondence (see last photo for a description). This skill is so easy to incorporate into every day life and it is through repetition that children become familiar with numbers and counting. That familiarity builds confidence, and can help your child to do well in maths.

Make this into a fun game, where you can your child race each other to catch and count the spiders as quickly as you can before they “escape”. What other things does your child want to “catch”? This can become a discussion about things your child is scared of. Draw simple pictures of these things and let your child trap them under the “catcher”.

As always, the last picture gives you a description of one of the skills that you are helping your child to develop through this play, so that you can see how you are helping with your child’s development as well as bonding with your child.