Comparing different groups of numbers (4 - 6 year olds)

This activity will help your child learn one to one correspondence as well as begin to understand the concept of more or less.


Home Learning

You will need

  • Pieces of paper with numbers 0 - 10 written on each. One number on each page.
  • Objects such as marbles, pebbles, grapes, etc.

What to do?

Place two number cards alongside each other, your child can choose, such as 5 and 2. Then allow your child to count out, say, 5 grapes and then 2 marbles. Ask your child which one has the most and which has the least? To extend this activity, you can introduce addition and subtraction. Such as, what happens if I have 5 grapes, and then take away these two grapes, how many do I have now? Continue using different numbers.

Number cards

Number comparison

Learning outcomes

  • Understands one to one correspondence when counting objects.
  • Understands the concept of “more” or “less”.
  • Can count from 0-10.
  • Beginning to understand the concept of subtraction and addition with real objects.

Ask your child

  • Can you count out the right amount of grapes?
  • Which group has the most?
  • Which group has the least?
  • What happens if we take 2 grapes away from our 5 grapes? How many do we have now?