Numbers from 1-10


Through this activity the children practise the numbers from 1-10 whilst they are physically active.


  1. Spread the numbers out on the floor or ground.
  2. The children run around the hall/in the area whilst music is playing.
  3. When the music stops, the children stop.
  4. The adult shouts a number and the children run to the number.


  • To make the game easier, you can show the quantity in addition to the number on a sheet of paper (for example, to dots for number two).
  • You can put out several examples of each number, for example, three of each number). The children will then run in different directions and not just follow the other children.
  • Older children can receive a sum when the music stops. For instance, 1 + 2 = 3, so they must run to 3.
  • You can replace running with, for example, jumping, hopping or moving like an eel.
  • You can play the same game with letters, shapes and colours.


Laminated numbers from 1-10 or cones or anything else with numbers on


0 - 2 years
3 - 5 years


Large space
Small space

Motor skills

Learning areas

Activity type