Activities for basic addition:

- With a given number of objects, e.g. Sausages. Split into two or three groups. E.g. 6 sausages - 1 on one plate, 2 on another, 3 on another. Is there a fair way of doing it?
- Treasure hunt to total 10. In pots there are 4 sticks, 3 leaves, 5 stones. Make each up to 10. Make it a race to finish.
- Make small cakes and put on chocolate drops. Add up the drops on the top of any 2 cakes.
- Play games that require two dice to be thrown. Add up the scores.
- Play dominoes. Add up the total on each domino by counting the spots.
- Play a ball game, throwing balls into hoops or buckets to score points. E.g. red bucket scores 2, blue bucket scores 5, green bucket scores 3. Keep running total of your 3 ball score.
- Make a collage, or paint or draw a large picture with groups of similar objects - eg 2 birds in 1 tree, 3 in another, 4 red flowers and 2 more red flowers. Test an adult member of the family - how many flowers/birds can they see? The child testing has to say if they are correct.
- Play school, where the child has to teach adding up. Get some of the questions wrong so that the child can show you how to work it out using equipment or drawings or numberline. Get them to make up some adding questions for you - you answer, but get some wrong, so the child can mark it checking your answers.