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I teach in Reception and want to make early work on numbers more interesting. Any ideas?

Early counting should be fun. I’m sure you know all the traditional counting rhymes; children soon join in and learn them and love going home and sharing them with their families. Here are just a few fun books that are good to have in the classroom, they’re great for sharing and for children to look at independently:

Zoe and Beans: How Many Pets? by Chloe & Mick Inkpen
Everone knows Mick’s Kipper books and he’s in a counting book too, but this lovely rhyming board book features the new characters Zoe and Beans. It’s lovely to share and for your children to enjoy on their own.

One Mole Digging a Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt
This one is full of the crazy nonsense that children enjoy—and is a great introduction to this brilliant author/illustrator team.

One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton
Perfect to move children up to 20 and has the added extra of a hidden cat to find on every page.

Fruits by Valerie Bloom, illustrated by David Axtell
A book that has been around for a long time but is still excellent. The text is a rhyming poem and the counting is of Caribbean fruits.

Counting Birds by Alice Melvin
A really beautiful book of very special artwork, quite a sophisticated text and approach and practises counting up to 20..

One is a Snail Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre, illustrated by Randy Cecil
This is my all time favourite as it’s about counting feet, so 2 is a person and 6 is an insect… Children love working out combinations of creatures that add up to certain numbers as they learn that 90 is nine crabs, or 10 spiders and 1 crab. This is a book to use way beyond reception.

At Our House by Isabel Minhos Martins and Madalena Matoso
A book from Portugal, it’s loads of fun and quite challenging as ‘at our house we have 40 fingers, 10 thumbs, 50 toes and 20 claws… that makes 120 nails to clip every Sunday‘. This is a book for children well into counting.