*In keeping with our theme of Numbers here are some fantastic games and craft idea to keep the grandkids occupied. The games are designed to teach as well an entertain and the craft will provide equally educational opportunities. As always we've tried to keep the projects as simple an inexpensive as possible.*

## Exploding numbers

**What you'll need:**

- A4 or Letter size cardstock
- Construction paper or drawing paper (9" x 12") (23cm x 31cm)
- Pencil
- Scissors
- Masking tape
- Tempera or poster paint
- Paint brushes or roller brushes

## Dice game: Draw a monster

This game is great to practice basic numbers and body parts at the same time. You'll need some dice (It's okay if you have only one, the children will simply have to take turns) some paper and crayons or pencils. . To start, get everyone playing to draw a simple body shape. Make sure they leave enough room to add the other body parts. Now write the parts of a body on a piece of paper. For example, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, head, arms, legs, etc. Start at the top of your list and get each child to roll the dice to determine how many of that body part they will add to their monster. When you have completed the list get them all to show their weird and wonderful monsters and perhaps colour them in. Most will want at least another turn or two as the creative options will be quite enticing and the opportunity to create more fantastical monsters will keep them involved.

## Number caterpillar

**What you'll need:**

- Construction paper (9"x12") (23cm x 31cm)
- Paper or construction paper in various colours
- TP roll, bottle cap, or any object with a round bottom
- Scissors
- Glue stick
- White glue
- Crayons
- Black tempera or poster paint
- Googley eyes
- Pipe cleaner (optional)
- Small pom-poms (optional)

## Number swap

This fun counting game will help children practice numbers while testing their concentration. To play, decide a number that you are going to count to. Let’s say 11 for this example. Sitting in a circle, one starts the counting. That child should say “one”, then the next child should say “two”, and so on clockwise around the circle. The child who says “11” gets to swap one of the numbers for a silly word (e.g. number 3 = banana). Now, the counting starts again, but this time instead of saying number 3, the children should say ‘banana’. If a child forgets, and says number 3, then the counting starts again at 1. If they count to 11 without making a mistake, then they choose another number to replace with a silly word. Once you have 3 or 4 silly words the game becomes incredibly fun and it will really test children's concentration.

## Animal paper clocks

**What you'll need:**

- Construction paper, 24 x 36 in (61cms x 91.5cms).
- Construction paper, 12 x 18 in (30.5cms x 46cms).
- Round paper fastener or brad
- Crayons
- Scissors
- Glue stick
- Pencil
- Hole punch

## One, two, three game

This counting game with numbers is incredibly fun and is great for children of all ages but you need at least four to make the game interesting. Even littlies can learn to master bigger numbers when played regularly.

To start, choose a number that you are going to count to. A good number for this is 21 or even 31, depending on the age playing. Children take turns counting until they reach the chosen number. When it’s their turn, children have the choice to say one number, two numbers, or three numbers. The student who says the last number is out.

So, for example, the first child may decide to say two numbers and say “one, two”. Then, the next student may decide to say three numbers and say ” three, four, five”. The next student then may choose to say one number and say “six”. The game continues like this until one student says the last number and is out.

This game is great for practicing counting, and also helps to develop cognitive skills as children learn to use tactics to get each other out.

To start, choose a number that you are going to count to. A good number for this is 21 or even 31, depending on the age playing. Children take turns counting until they reach the chosen number. When it’s their turn, children have the choice to say one number, two numbers, or three numbers. The student who says the last number is out.

So, for example, the first child may decide to say two numbers and say “one, two”. Then, the next student may decide to say three numbers and say ” three, four, five”. The next student then may choose to say one number and say “six”. The game continues like this until one student says the last number and is out.

This game is great for practicing counting, and also helps to develop cognitive skills as children learn to use tactics to get each other out.