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Before you try worksheets, here are some practical ways of adding.

  • Find some objects around the house for example, toy cars, stones, flower petals.
  • On one side have a certain amount, for example 2 toy cars.
  • On another side ‘add’ another amount, for example 3 toy cars.
  • Ask your child, how many are there altogether?
  • Then help them to say the number sentence:2 and 3 makes 5 altogether” and “2 add 3 equals 5”. It is good to get used to saying it both ways.

Here are some example questions to practically complete:

  • There are 3 chips on a plate. Mummy puts 3 more chips on my plate. How many chips are there in total?
  • I have 5 teddy bears. I get 2 more teddy bears. How many do I have altogether?
  • There are 4 pencils, I get 2 more. How many are there in total?
  • I have 6 stones in my garden. I have found 3 more. How many do I have altogether?
  • There are 2 pennies in my purse. I have found 5 more. How many pennies are there in total?
Key vocabulary to use: altogether, total, more, together, add, equals.

Online addition game!


Count the amount of the animals together and click the numeral which matches the total of animals.

Number bonds to 10 game!


Curious George needs help to make sure he always has 10 items. Help him by telling him how many more items he needs to get to 10.