Short Blocks

Maths Reception Summer Number Games

Hamilton's Reception Maths planning targets the key characteristics of effective early learning:

  • Through Exploring and Playing, children independently engage with their peers and their environment.
  • Active Learning group activities promote the motivation needed to be involved and to keep trying.
  • Guided Creating and Thinking Critically supports development of problem-solving & reasoning skills.

Maths Out Loud: whole-class counting, repetitive chants, rhymes, songs and a linked story to enjoy together.

Number games (suggested as 5 days)

Maths Out Loud


Point to numbers on a 1-100 grid (see resources) as children pass a teddy around the circle while counting to 100. Whoever says a multiple of 10 holds the bear up in the air. Carry on round and round the circle to 100.

Number bonds

Roll a large 1 to 6 dice. Children show you on their fingers how many are needed to make 6. If you roll a 6, they just hold up a fist to show zero!


Use a counting to 100 song to get fit! E.g. Let's Get Fit - Count to 100


One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book by April Pulley Sayre, Jeffrey Sayre and Randy Cecil.

You Will Need

Exploring and playing
A complete set of 28 0-0 to 6-6 dotty dominoes; Dotty paper’ (see resources), coloured pencils; small construction blocks/ bricks, e.g. Lego; paper, paint, brushes.

Active Learning
‘Teens cards’ (see resources); containers of small attractive objects, e.g. gem pebbles, dish; centimetre cubes, two glass jars, mini-whiteboards and pens; 130 objects, e.g. Lego bricks, counters, pieces of pasta; 5 plates; 5 cloths, number cards (10, 20 and 100) for each pair of children, and a set for under the plates.

Creating and Thinking Critically
Counters; three plates and a variety of small objects; see-through bag of at least 15 apples, an identical bag of jigsaw pieces (between 50 and 100); 130 pennies (or counters), other small objects e.g. pasta pieces, counters, clear food bags.