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Counting games to take to the shops

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Whether you’re doing the weekly big shop, picking up a few essentials, or shopping online, it’s always good to have a wee helper. Checking prices, adding up and counting coins is a practical way you can help your child understand numbers, and make them part of everyday life

Counting games to try at the shops

Game #1: Price matching

While you’re shopping, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer - 2 for £1, say - you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.

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Game #2: At the check out

Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?

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Game #3: What’s in your basket?

Have a go at making a simple shopping list together, and look online to work out how much it would cost. What's the change from £10? If you’re shopping online, why not let your child help you put things into your basket? They could check the total with you as you go along.

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Last updated: 31 Oct, 2018


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