Early Number Sense
This page gives a range of free resources that will help children to recognise small quantities. A range of different visual representations are used. Presentations and resources also help to introduce key maths concepts and ideas.
'How many dots?' subitizing games
|Subitizing Cards||Subitizing PowerPoint Games|
|Dot Pattern Cards, 1-3||How many dots? (1-3)
How many dots? (2-4)
|Dot Pattern Cards, 4-6||How many dots? (3-5)
How many dots? (4-6)
|How many dots? Different sizes (3-6)
How many dots? Two colours (4-6)
To play Match Bingo, children roll a dice and cross of a matching quantity.
'How many dots?' 5-frame & 10-frame games
|5-frame & 10-frame cards||5-frame & 10-frame PowerPoint Games|
|5-frame cards, 1-5||How many dots? (2-4)
How many dots? (3-5)
How many dots? (4-5 in 10-frame)
|10-frame cards, 6-10||How many dots? (5-7)
How many dots? (6-9)
How many dots? (7-9)
The Finger Cards, 1-10 help children to recognise quantities using base-5 and base-10.
|Part-whole cards||Introductory PowerPoints for part-whole cards|
|Part-whole dice pattern cards, 4-6||Intro to part-whole dice pattern cards (3-6)|
|Part-whole 10-frame cards, 6-10||Intro to part-whole 10-frame cards (6-10)|
The 'Equals Means Same As' PowerPoint presentation shows number sentences being built with the whole first (e.g. 5=3+2).
These dice games help children to visualise two parts within a number:
Here are questions for number bonds to 6, 7, 8 and 9. Children can access the questions by placing Numicon shapes over the Numicon image at the top of the page:
The Count On Races game, played by an adult and a child, helps children learn to count on mentally. A coin or a dice with 1 or 2 on each face is used. Children say the next number when counting on. For example, when starting from 7, for a jump of 2 we say '8,9'.
These Base-5 and Base-10 Number Tracks are coloured to help children to see quantities within a number track.
This Online Base-5 Abacus by Math Rack represents quantities 10-100 using a base-5 colouring.
The Coloured 100-Squares help to identify patterns in the 100-square and can support children as they count in 2s and 5s.
The Teens & Tens Cards help children to unpick misconceptions around teen numbers.