This worksheet has two lists of number words, with ten in each list. Can the kids put these number words into alphabetical order? Great as a solo activity or as a classroom challenge, maybe against the clock? Can be used with our Alphabetical Order base.
Naming Positions to 10
When children are absolutely confident with numbers to 10, it is time to look at how we describe positions. Children will almost certainly have some of the necessary vocabulary already - for example, understanding that when running a race they might come first, or second, or third, or last. Now we need to extend that knowledge to include the first ten ordinal numbers and not only teach them to be confident with understanding, reading and writing the ordinal number words, but also the abbreviated forms (1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on) too.
Learning Naming Positions / Ordinal Numbers
- Colour! Use our Sports Day Colouring Pages to talk about the different positions in a race. Ask the children who is coming first, second, third, fourth and so on. Perhaps you could label the positions together.
- Physical practice. Line up your children (or your family and name each position, making sure to emphasise the position words. When your child is familiar with the words, ask - "Who is first?" "Who is third?" and so on.
- Bring in the toys! Cuddly toys or toy cars love being used to teach ordinal numbers! Line them up and work out their position, then ask your child to place the appropriate Number Card next to each. When they have the number cards placed, ask them to replace them with one of our 2 sets of Mix and Match Ordinal Number Cards (in the Resources section below).
- Play Match Up or Memory with any of our Mix and Match cards, adding our Mix and Match Ordinal Number Cards to your collection (in the Resources section below).
- Introduce "last". Talk about the difference between first and last, and think about how "last" varies depending on the number of objects / people in the series.
- Worksheets and Printables. We have many activities in our Resources section below - including posters, jigsaws, colouring pages, number lines and number cards that will help your child learn the ordinal numbers.
Around the World card games are a great way to "drill" a subject, and you can vary the pace to suit how well your children know the facts. This set of Around the World Cards is for ordinal numbers.
Help children learn their ordinal numbers with the help of our fun British Wildlife worksheets. Here's the first of two...
Children can practise their ordinal numbers 1st - 10th with the second of our ordinal numbers worksheets with a British Wildlife theme.
Here's an original idea for practising those pesky ordinal numbers - using the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac! Print out the flags (1 to a page) and hang in the correct order.
This cows jigsaw is a fun way to help your children learn their ordinal numbers! If you choose the black and white version, get the kids to colour it in first. Now slice it up along the dotted lines, including the numbered boxes.
Learn ordinal numbers with the help of this lovely jigsaw. Choose from colour or black and white. If choosing the black and white version, ask the kids to colour it in first. Now slice up the jigsaw, including the numbers. Can the kids put it back together again in the right order?
Putting things into order is more fun when you are also putting a jigsaw back together again! That's the idea behind this Happy Easter jigsaw. Just print onto card and cut along the vertical lines.
Test the kids on their ordinal numbers with the help of this worksheet with an Easter theme. Bunnies, chicks, bonnets and eggs make the counting fun!
Get the kids to colour in the correct chick, bunny, or egg to reinforce ordinal numbers - a fun worksheet for Easter.
These large, cheerfully coloured fish are sure to brighten up the classroom! Have them swimming around the room in order or use them for sorting activities. This printable has 10 fish, 1st to 10th.
We have both black and white and colour versions of this fun fox jigsaw, designed to help your children learn their ordinal numbers. Print and cut out around the edge, then slice along the vertical lines.
Available in colour or black and white, this printable jigsaw features some silly frogs enjoying the time of day on their lily pads. Print and then cut out along the vertical lines. Children put the picture back together using the ordinal numbers to help.
Here's a fun way to make sure the kids understand their ordinal numbers. Colour in the carp kites according to the instructions.
Here are the abbreviated forms of the ordinal numbers to 10, as part of our Mix and Match Number Cards series. Use them as they are for ordering practice, or play matching games or Memory games with other cards in the series.
Here are the "word" versions of the first ten ordinal numbers as part of our Mix and Match Number Cards set. Use them for learning the position words or play matching and memory games with other cards in the collection.
Here is a picture of children lined up in a school "crocodile", waiting in a queue. It's a great excuse to practice ordinal numbers! Follow the instructions below the picture.
Children can have fun learning their ordinal numbers with the help of some Olympic medals and a bit of colouring.
This 5 page printable has a "strip" for each ordinal number from 1st to 10th, complete with 10 animals for the children to count, with the appropriate animal highlighted in colour. You could laminate these strips and use them one at a time for counting and ordinal number practice.
The clues in this crossword are the number form of ordinal numbers. Children need to write in the correct words. Learning how to spell ordinal numbers isn't easy!
This fun worksheet is idea beginners to ordinal numbers. Fill in the blanks in each row to practice the concept and writing of 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
This printable gives children practice in matching up the numerical and word versions of the ordinal numbers from 1st to 10th. We have two versions available, one in "full colour" and one with white background.
Children match up the numbers on the left to the words on the right for this ordinal numbers match up activity.
Here's a set of 10 simple posters to help the kids learn their ordinal numbers - from first to tenth. Each poster has the number and word, a dotted version for the child to trace if they wish, and a line of 10 animals with the correct animal highlighted.
This fun worksheets gives the children lots of practice in ordinal numbers. Fill in the blanks and then colour in the pictures correctly...
Children need to name the carriages on this old-fashioned steam train with the correct ordinal numbers.
Search for the ordinal numbers - first, second, third and so on up to tenth - in this fun word search puzzle. We haven't provided the words to make it a bit harder, but the banner of flags at the bottom will help the kids keep track.
Number the string of Christmas lights with the correct ordinal numbers, then colour them in following the instructions. A fun Christmas worksheet!
Colour the pictures according to the instructions for some practice with ordinal numbers at Christmas.
Here's a fun way to practice ordinal numbers this Christmas. Colour the correct picture in each row...
Colour in our fun Thanksgiving pictures according to the instructions above each row, for some ordinal numbers practice.
Here's a worksheet with a Thanksgiving theme, that gives children extra practice with their ordinal numbers. Just colour in the correct picture in each row.
This printable contains ten gorgeous owls to cut out and display to help children with learning ordinal numbers. Each owl is different and they look really cute sitting in a row - but you could laminate them and use them as sorting cards, too.
Our party jigsaw is a fun way to calm overexcited children by giving them something to focus on. Print the jigsaw on to card and then cut along the dotted lines into strips, children must then use their knowledge of ordinal numbers and the picture to put the strips in order.
These fun racing cars can be cut out and used in an ordinal number display. Or jumble them up and ask your child to arrange them in the right order...
Print out our rainbow jigsaw onto card, slice along the vertical lines, and get the kids to put it back together again. Whether they use the ordinal numbers at the bottom of every piece, or the picture, they will be getting some useful ordinal numbers practice.
This bright and busy rockets picture makes a good jigsaw puzzle. We have added an interesting twist to a standard puzzle though, there are the the ordinal numbers 1st to 10th on each strip. To complete the jigsaw children must put the ordinal numbers in the correct order.
Here's a fun way to practice your ordinal numbers - with a jigsaw of cheeky squirrels! Cut out around the edges, then slice along the vertical lines. When the kids are passed the ordinal numbers stage, you can always cut off the numbers and use as a simple jigsaw.
Here's a fun way for kids to reinforce their ordinal numbers - with our special Year of the Monkey printable jigsaw! Just print onto card and cut along the vertical lines. Now the kids can put it back into the right order, using the numbers to guide them.