Songs and books

Nursery rhymes, songs and books with numbers are a fun way to introduce children to how numbers look and sound.

Songs

Try these classic songs (click on the link for lyrics and tune)

What skill are we practising?

These songs and books include maths concepts such as counting, and developing understanding of ideas like 'more' and 'less'.

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Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

A lively book with rhyming text, counting down from ten to one.

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Mouse Count

Mouse Count

Ten little mice outwit a hungry snake in this counting book.

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One Two Three

One Two Three

A counting book with a difference: each image is not only an introduction to numerals but also to the shapes and colours of modern art.

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Ten on a Sled

Ten on a Sled

The favourite children's song 'Ten in the Bed' gets a slippery, slidey twist!

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My Sister Ate One Hare

My Sister Ate One Hare

A play on the familiar 'there was an old lady who swallowed a fly' in this appealing revolting rhyme.

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One White Wishing Stone

One White Wishing Stone

A beach counting book.

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On the Launch Pad

On the Launch Pad

A counting book about rockets.

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Eggs and Legs

Eggs and Legs

A picture book introducing counting in twos.

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1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

An animal counting book by Eric Carle.

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My Granny Went to Market

My Granny Went to Market

A round-the-world counting book from Barefoot Books, by Stella Blackstone & Christopher Corr.

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Dinner at the Panda Palace

Dinner at the Panda Palace

Counting animals in fun rhymes.

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Bus songs

BusSongs

More counting songs available through BusSongs.

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BBC learning counting songs

BBC Learning Counting Songs

A collection of popular counting songs, with video and audio.

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NRICH

NRICH

Ideas for drawing out bigger activities from songs. Here they show the maths possibilities of Ten Green Bottles.

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pinterest

Pinterest

More maths reading ideas on Pinterest.

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oxford owl ebooks

Oxford Owl E-Books

Oxford Owl E-Books

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One Thing

One Thing

Lola is back and counting. "A brilliant book to introduce the non-scary nature of counting and sums to very young children".

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Boogie Mites Maths Parent Pack (Digital)

A downloadable pack of ten fun songs to support the development of maths skills such as counting, sequencing, shapes, positional language and patterns. Includes a parent booklet.

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Roald Dahl's 123

Roald Dahl's 123

Learn to count with Roald Dahl in this board book for toddlers. With bright, colourful illustrations from Quentin Blake.

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Catch that Goat!

Catch that Goat!

A multicultural counting book from Barefoot Books, written and illustrated by Polly Alakija and based around a market day in Nigeria.

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One Moose, Twenty Mice

One Moose, Twenty Mice

Count the animals from one to twenty in this fun hide-and-seek selection from Barefoot Books. Written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Clare Beaton.

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Will You Help Doug Find His Dog?

Will You Help Doug Find His Dog?

Pat, tickle and call to the correct dogs based on Doug's clues! This picture book from Barefoot Books develops young children's sorting and classifying skills. Written by Jane Caston and illustrated by Carmel Saldana.

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Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Sing along with this take on a traditional tune that counts from one to ten and introduces musical instruments. Illustrated by Christiane Engel and published by Barefoot Books.

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