Explain that you are going to do an action for children to copy, but they need to listen and count the number of actions first before they copy your action. Demonstrate with an example: clap 5 times, counting each one. Say: 1, 2, 3, 4,5.
How many times did I clap? Can you clap more times than me?
Repeat the 5 claps. Can you clap fewer times than me? Repeat other actions 3–7 times (hopping, putting your hand up and down, tapping your head or nose), asking children to repeat it more or fewer times. Ask: How many more times did you clap? How many fewer times did you clap? Represent the number of actions with cubes or counters.
You might need to slow the claps down and say the number that they need to show more or less than if they are finding it tricky.
Try these tricky challenges on the PowerPoint. Choose a few to do.