How does jumping help to count?

The Basic Idea

After introducing the concept of addition on a numberline, take children outside to draw with chalk or create with sticks their own numberline. Set them addition problems and encourage them to jump along their numberline to find the answer. This activity really helps children to remember to jump before they start counting!

How to take it even further or make it more challenging

Start the number line from a ‘teens’ number Draw an empty number line and only mark: odd numbers, square numbers, prime numbers Instead of a number line, create sequences of numbers with children jumping to work out the pattern (or value) of the jumps.