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Aim of the study:

This study investigated preschoolers' number foundations and how we can improve 3- to 5-year-old children's number abilities.

This project ran in collaboration with Professor Chris Donlan (UCL) from April 2015 to September 2016 and was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, an organisation aiming to improve social well-being through education, research and innovation.

What did the study show?

The study showed that playing the PLUS and DIGIT games on a daily basis for just ten minutes for a 5-week period improved children's number foundations immediately after the training and this effect was still there there six months later when children had started formal education.

The games were developed based on activities that are familiar to preschoolers and can be played inside the house/classroom, outside as well as when you are on the move.

Based upon the current results we would recommend that all preschool children engage in daily games that support mathematical development, including both PLUS and DIGIT games, as this will allow children to reach their full potential.

You can download the full report with our findings here.

If you would like to play the games at your home or your school, please go to  http://www.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-showcase/research-case-studies/improving-preschool-childrens-number-foundations/ , complete the form and you will receive the manual and lesson plans for free.