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By Sharon Parnellearly years practitioner and freelance writer

Focus on fish, guinea-pigs and hamsters to develop number recognition, learn to share fairly and form letters

Jumping fish

1 Fish mobile

Make a fish mobile to hang in your setting

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Numbers as Labels and for Counting

Development matters: use some number names accurately in play (30-50 months); recognise numerals 1 to 5 (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: recognise numerals 1 to 9.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

‘Fish mobile’ activity sheet; felt-tipped pens; child scissors; hole-punch; string or cotton.

What to do

Give each child a copy of the ‘Fish mobile’ activity sheet and ask them to colour in the fish. Next, cut out the fish and the hanger for the mobile, and punch a hole in the top of each fish to attach the string.

Invite the children to number the fish from 1 to 5. Help them to attach the numbered fish to the hanger of the mobile, placing the numbers in the correct order.

Once they are attached to the hanger, encourage the children to sing the traditional song 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive.

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