Play-Doh has always been a favourite with my 3 boys and it is an amazing tool to help introduce your child to basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Simply make the Play-Doh into balls and count...not rocket science and do degree required, but it works.
When they get a bit older, add balls or take them way for an introduction to basic addition and subtraction.
Children need to start learning the different letters as a fundamental part of literacy and reading. Make the different letters by either modelling from an ABC book or start with spelling out names. It's great fun and amazing for their fine motor skills as well.
What are your thoughts?