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.

Our Resources

Alphabetical Order -10 Number Words

Alphabetical Order -10 Number Words

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.

Around the World Ordinal Numbers

Around the World 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.

Chinese Zodiac Ordinal Bunting

Chinese Zodiac Ordinal Bunting

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.

Cows Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Cows Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Dogs Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Dogs Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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?

Easter Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

Easter Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Easter Ordinal Numbers Worksheet 1

Easter Ordinal Numbers Worksheet 1

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!

Fish Ordinal Numbers

Fish Ordinal Numbers

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.

Foxes Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Foxes Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Frogs Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Frogs Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Mix and Match Ordinal Number Abbreviation Cards

Mix and Match Ordinal Number Abbreviation Cards

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.

Mix and Match Ordinal Number Word Cards

Mix and Match Ordinal Number Word Cards

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.

Naming Positions Picture Worksheet 1

Naming Positions Picture Worksheet 1

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.

Ordinal Number Strips

Ordinal Number Strips

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.

Ordinal Numbers Crossword

Ordinal Numbers Crossword

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!

Ordinal Numbers Gap Worksheet 1

Ordinal Numbers Gap Worksheet 1

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.

Ordinal Numbers Match Up

Ordinal Numbers Match Up

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.

Ordinal Numbers Posters - 1-10

Ordinal Numbers Posters 1-10

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.

Ordinal Numbers Questions Worksheet

Ordinal Numbers Questions Worksheet

This fun worksheets gives the children lots of practice in ordinal numbers. Fill in the blanks and then colour in the pictures correctly...

Ordinal Numbers Word Search 1 to 10

Ordinal Numbers Word Search 1 to 10

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.

Owl Ordinal Numbers 1-10

Owl Ordinal Numbers 1-10

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.

Party Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Party Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Racing Car Ordinal Numbers 1-10

Racing Car Ordinal Numbers 1-10

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...

Rainbow Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

Rainbow Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Rockets Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Rockets Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Squirrels Jigsaw - Ordinal Numbers

Squirrels Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

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.

Year of the Monkey Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

Year of the Monkey Ordinal Numbers 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.

Year Of The Rooster Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

Year of the Rooster Ordinal Numbers Jigsaw

We have colour and black and white versions of our Year of the Rooster ordinal numbers jigsaw to choose from. Print on to card, colour in the picture if using the black and white versions, laminate and cut into strips and then arrange the strips in order from first to tenth.

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