Year 1

Identify numbers using pictorial representations in year 1

Parents are children first teacher. Children learn the first maths skills at home. Parents normally like to chant numbers with children while feeding them or during play time. For children to grasp number sense, they need to know that numbers are not just abstract, they mean quantity.

Example: number 7 stands for 7 cups on the tables, or 7 toys in a box.

Once children understand number sense their Maths skills will surprise you. It is a best practice to teach children early math skills with visual representations like toys, cubes, Lego blocks and other objects. The earlier you introduce numbers to children, the earlier they will understand that the numbers belong to this world and they will not get intimidated by them.

Related: Top 11 manipulatives to enrich child math skills

Some of the exciting and fun books to teach numbers to children are :

  • The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta
  • 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
  • Centipede’s One Hundred Shoes by Tony Ross
  • Fall Is Here! Counting 1-10 by Pamela Jane
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow


Here is a booklet to help your year 1 children learn their numbers with different representations.


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