Posted in Counting

Using flik-flaks to practise counting

Print your flik-flak onto A4 paper and laminate. Fold along the black lines and you’re ready to go.

Start with the Digit Dog flik-flak:

Download Digit Dog flik-flak here

In a large group:

Hold up the Digit Dog flik-flak and ask how many……can you see? You can show all the numbers from 0 to 10 by folding on the black lines. This allows children to practise counting sets of objects up to 10.

Once children can confidently count objects with 1:1 correspondence, encourage them to subitise i.e. to recognise amounts without counting.

Look for patterns within numbers and help children understand that numbers are composed of smaller numbers e.g. fold the Digit Dog flik-flak in half as shown, ask How many dogs can you see? What else can you see? I can see 4 and 1, and 3 and 2……..Explain your thinking. Repeat by folding to show other numbers.


Use the flower flik-flak, fold it in half to show 6 flowers.

What do you notice? How many flowers can you see? How many purple? How many red? How many yellow? How many altogether?

Repeat by folding to show other numbers.

Download flower flik-flak here

In a small group:

Give children individual flik-flaks and ask them show me questions. Use your questions to develop mathematical language and reasoning skills.

Use your flik-flak to show me:

  1. Single digit numbers – 1, 2, 3, 4 ……etc.
  2. The numbers 0 – 10 in order. How many ways can you show each number?
  3. The same number as I am showing.
  4. One less / one more than 3, than 4….. etc. How did you work it out? Can you do it without counting?
  5. More/fewer than I am showing. Explain your answer. Has everyone got the same answer? Can you give me another answer?
  6. 3 and 2, 4 and 2, 3 and 3. Can you do it in a different way? Has everyone shown it in the same way? What is the same, what is different?


Coming next: Using flik-flaks to count in steps of more than 1

Posted in Number sense

Daily maths practice with Digit Dog

What do children need to practise daily?

In order for children to develop computational fluency they need to have a daily routine where they practise:

  • Counting;
  • Remembered facts;
  • Using number relationships to do calculations.

Children need the opportunity to:

  • Talk mathematically;
  • Discuss and solve problems;
  • Be creative;
  • Use reasoning skills.

Follow Digit Dog for ideas to engage children in mathematical conversations.


Flik-flaks available to download from

This month: Using flik-flaks

Flik-flaks are a versatile resource that can be used in your daily maths practice session.

In small group situations, each child can have a flik-flak and respond to “show me….” questions. In whole class sessions, the adult can use the flik-flak as a focus for practising counting, number bonds and calculation skills.

Use flik-flaks to practise:

  • Counting
  • Subitising (recognising small amounts without counting)
  • Number bonds
  • Multiplication facts
  • Using mathematical language
  • Using reasoning skills.

Coming next: ideas for using flik-flaks – questions and activities.