# Under the Sea - Count and Clip Cards

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This is a fun and interactive way for children to practise early numeracy skills such as counting, number recognition and subitising.

This activity included two sets of 17 cards:

• Black Numbers - the numbers on the cards are sequential
• Blue Numbers - the numbers on the cards are random

SETTING UP THE ACTIVITY

Print and laminate on A4 paper. Cut out the individual cards. No pegs? You could use paper clips, counters, small erasers, anything that your child could use to show you their counting.

COMPLETING THE ACTIVITY

Count the objects on the card.  Find the correct number on the bottom and place a paper clip or clothes peg over it.

For toddlers and younger preschoolers, I suggest starting with just the black number cards.Particularly if you’re introducing count and clip cards for the first time.

It’s also helpful to have children count aloud in the beginning. This will allow you to assess how well your preschooler can count and if they are skipping numbers as they count. If they are struggling, count aloud with them.

When your child can correctly identify the each number in numerical order, mix up the cards and let your child work through them. This is a great way to assess your child’s counting skills.

As your child becomes more proficient they will be able to recognise the number of a small group of objects without counting. This skill is called subitising. The will see 'two groups of two' and automatically recall that as 'four'.

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