Counting to 20

Help your children learn the numbers from 11 to 20 by repetition, fun games and challenges, and this collection of videos! This first stage is more about recognising the number words and being able to say them in the right order rather than associating them with a particular written number or number of objects. (Skip ahead to Counting on from 10 if that is what you are looking for). Remember, practice makes perfect!

Hands-On Ideas

  • Counting to 20. Count fast, count slow, chant, sing!
  • Making it active. Jump and count. Hop and count. Throw a ball and count. Count as you bounce up, and count as you bounce down!
  • Making it fun. Count in turns - between pairs, groups or 3, or round in a bigger circle.
  • Count backwards too. When you have counting to 20 under your belt, try counting backwards too!
  • Start from any number. Make sure that kids don't have to start at 1 to count up to 20! Start from 5, or 10, or 12, or 16...
  • Play Snap Challenge. At random times during the day, call out "Snap Challenge! Count to 20 starting from 6!" Your child can snap challenge you, too.

Use Our Resources

Here are some printables that you can use with the kids to help learn the numbers 11 to 20.

Count the Petals Folding Or Matching Cards

Count the Petals Folding or Matching Cards

Count the petals! Our pretty flowers with from 4 petals to 20 petals challenge the kids to count. Use this set as double-sided flashcards by folding, or cut them all apart for some matching activities. Start with just a few cards with lower numbers and then work up.

Counting Cubes Large Ten Colours

Counting Cubes Large Ten Colours

This is a ten page file with ten different colours of large counting cubes - perfect for when you need something for cutting and sticking into maths notebooks. They might also be useful when you want to do a "hands-on" activity but don't have any maths manipulatives to hand.

Counting Cubes Ten of Each Colour

Counting Cubes Ten of Each Colour

This set of printable counting cubes includes 10 of each colour, including a "top" cube. We've spaced them so that you can cut them out as quickly as possible.

Counting Cubes Towers of Ten All Colours

Counting Cubes Towers of Ten All Colours

This 2-page printable contains 10 ready-stacked towers of our counting cubes for you to cut out and use with other same-size printables in the collection, in 10 different colours.

Flowers Number Match Up

Flowers Number Match Up

Practise counting with these pretty flower number match up cards! Print out the five pages in the PDF file onto some card, cut each pair in half then mix up and give to the kids to reassemble. 

Ten Frame Posters 11 to 20

Ten Frame Posters 11 to 20

Use this set of 10 printables as individual posters, or line them up as a frieze or banner. Alternatively, laminate them and use them as mats in the classroom, to help children visualise and understand how the numbers are made up of 10 plus another number.

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